ity & ty





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ROOT-WORDS are the Suffixes TY & ITY which mean STATE OF & QUALITY. These ROOT-WORDS make nouns from adjectives, as pure - purITY. Sometimes only TY is used, as in liberTY, HumpTY DumpTY, and others. Both forms mean the same thing - STATE & QUALITY.


1. Celerity : celer ITY (se ler’ it ee) n.

The quality of quickness; speed


2. Absurdity : absurd ITY (ab surd’ it ee) n.

The state of being ridiculous


3. Acerbity : acerb ITY (a ser’ bit ee) n.

The quality of bitterness


4. Acuity : acu ITY (a kyue’ it ee) n.

The quality of sharpness, as a needle


5. Debility : debil ITY (de bil’ it ee) n.

A state of weakness


6. Ambiguity : ambigu ITY (am bi gyue’ it ee) n.

The quality of uncertainty in meaning


7. Authority : author ITY (au thor’ it ee) n.

The state of having power to act


8. Amenity : amen ITY (a men’ it ee) n.

The quality of pleasantness


9. Captivity : captiv ITY (cap tiv’ it ee) n.

State of being held captive


10. Ability : abil ITY (a bil’ it ee) n.

The quality of being able to do things


11. Charity : char ITY (char’ it ee) n.

Kindness to the poor


12. Chastity : chast ITY (chas’ tit ee) n.

The state of sexual purity


13. Clarity : clar ITY (clar’ it ee) n.

Quality of clearness


14. Complexity : complex ITY (kom plek’ sit ee) n.

The quality of being complicated


15. Adversity : advers ITY (ad ver’ sit ee) n.

The state of bad fortune, suffering


16. Dignity : dign ITY (dig’ nit ee) n.

The state of being worthy; self respect


17. Eternity : etern ITY (e ter’ nit ee) n.

State of timelessness; time without end


18. Fraternity : fratern ITY (fra ter’ nit ee) n.

The quality of being brothers


19. Garrulity : garrul ITY (ga ru’ lit ee) n.

The quality of talkativeness


20. Luminosity : luminos ITY (lu mi nos’ it ee) n.

The state of having a great deal of light; brilliance


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