-acity

(Latin: suffix; quality of)

A suffix that forms nouns of quality or state. There are hundreds of other -acity suffixes; however, the following will present significant examples.

omnivoracity
1. Having an eagerness to consume great amounts of all kinds of food; ravenous.
2. Having or marked by an insatiable appetite for all activities or pursuits; greedy: "She had an omnivoracity which could not be satisfied."
3. Boundless greed for all things: an omnivoracity for history; a gluttonous consumer of fine foods; a rapacious acquirer of competing businesses; a politician who is ravenous for power.
opacity
1. The state of being opaque (not allowing the passage of light); unperceptive, dense.
2. On a radiograph, a more transparent area is interpreted as an opacity to x-rays in the body.
3. Mental dullness.
orchidacity
perspicacity (s) (noun), perspicacities (pl)
1. The ability to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to have sound conclusions: It was a marvelous effort of perspicacity for Samuel to discover that he loved his wife when he first met her before they got married.
2. A clearness of understanding or insight and discernment: Perspicacity was a characteristic of Paul's character and it was a political advantage for him when he was running for his senate seat in congress.
3. An acuteness of discernment or perception.
pertinacity
pervicacity (s) (noun), pervicacities (pl)
Stubbornness and willful obstinacy or not willing to be reasonable: "Joe's pervicacity in setting up the format for the research project actually resulted in a better content and was more understandable for others to utilize."
pugnacity (s) (noun), pugnacities (pl)
1. The desire to start an argument or fight: Little Joey was known for his pugnacity and none of the children at his school wanted to play with him because he was always criticizing, insulting, or harassing them in some way.
2. The act of expressing a statement or opinion very forcefully: Grace expressed her pugnacity when she told her brother that he was a liar because he denied taking money from her purse even though she saw him do it.
Quarrelsome and getting into fights .
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rapacity
sagacity
1. Acuteness of mental discernment; aptitude for investigation or discovery; keenness and soundness of judgement in the estimation of persons and conditions, and in the adaptation of means to ends; penetration, shrewdness.
2. Having profound knowledge and understanding, coupled with foresight and good judgment.
3. Etymology: from Middle French sagacité which came from Latin sagacitatem, sagacitas, "quality of being acute", from sagax, sagacis, "of quick perception", related to sagus, "prophetic", and sagire, "to perceive keenly".
salacity
The quality or condition of being salacious; lustfulness, lecherousness, sexual wantonness.
saponacity
The quality or state of being saponaceous.
tenacity (noun), tenacities (pl)
The determination to remain firm, physically and mentally; to a decision, a plan, an opinion, or a purpose without doubting that it is the right thing to do: Despite many years of dedication, the lexicographer continues to show his tenacity by working on his special dictionary until it is either completed or as close to being finished as possible before he departs from this world.
A quality of being able to hold on firmly.
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veracity (s) (noun), veracities (pl)
1. The honesty or truthfulness of a person when expressing herself or himself: When Mr. Jones, the candidate for mayor of the town, was giving his speech, his veracity was questioned by many of the listeners.
2. Correctness or accuracy of the facts: When fictional stories or novels are written, veracity is certainly not one of the most important elements or aspects presented!
3. Etymology: from Latin veracis, "truthful" from verus "true."
The conformity to the truth.
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vivacity
1. Lively, filled with animation and spirit.
2. Liveliness and high-spiritedness.
voracity
The quality or character of being voracious; greediness in eating.