-ous, -ious, -eous

(Latin: full of or having the qualities of; in chemistry, a suffix denoting that the element indicated by the name bearing it, has a valence lower than that denoted by the termination -ic; as, nitrous, sulphurous, etc., as contrasted with nitric, sulphuric, etc.)

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furious (adjective), more furious, most furious
1. Extremely or violently angry: Maxine had a furious reaction with her brother for spreading lies about her married life.
2. Relating to an extreme anger in action or appearance; fierce: A furious fight took place between the two dogs until one finally ran away.
3. Characteristic of a great deal of energy, violence, and speed: The car race included furious speeds which resulted in several terrible accidents.
A reference to violent rage and passion.
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glorious
1. Delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable.
2. Conferring glory: "The basketball team had a glorious victory."
3. Full of glory; entitled to great renown.
4. Brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: "We had a glorious spring day."
glutinous
1. Gluelike, gummy; sticky.
2. Having the properties of glue or having a sticky surface.
gracious (adjective), more gracious, most gracious
Characterized by charm, good taste, courtesy, and generosity of spirit: "She sent a gracious note of thanks to her aunt for the birthday present."
gratuitous (adjective), more gratuitous, most gratuitous
Relating to something that is neither necessary nor appropriate: The film that Janet and Bill saw was criticized for its gratuitous violence.

The flood victims are greatly indebted for the gratuitous help of the nearby towns.

Something given that is not appreciated.
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grievous, more grievous, most grievous (adjective forms)
1. Being extremely serious or significant: "The group made a bad financial investment and suffered grievous losses."
2. That which is very bad or severe: "The soldier suffered the most grievous wounds possible and yet he still survived."
gynandrous
1. Pertaining to a hermaphrodite or a pseudohermaphrodite.
2. Applied to those flowers and plants in which the stamens and pistil are united in one column, as in orchids; said also of the stamens.
halicolous (adjective), more halicolous, most halicolous
A reference to a plant living in a habitat with a high salt content.
halophilous
Existing in saline habitats; such as, plants that thrive in salty soil; halophilic, halophily.
harmonious
1. Marked by agreement in feeling, attitude, or action: "It was a harmonious group."
2. Forming a pleasingly consistent whole; congruous: "The room had such harmonious colors in its decor."
3. Exhibiting accord in feelings or actions.
4. Having component elements pleasingly or appropriately combined.
5. Pleasant to the ear; tuneful; melodious.
heliophilous
1. In biology, thriving in sun-light or under conditions of high-light intensity.
2. A condition in which some desert organisms have adapted to both strong sunlight and to drought.
herbiferous (adjective), more herbiferous, most herbiferous
A reference to plants that produce a special kind of vegetation: There are herbiferous flavors and aromas that are related to various types of plants that are either used for medicine or those which give flavors to food.
hilarious
horrendous (adjective), more horrendous, most horrendous
1. Significantly unpleasant, frightening, or shocking so as to provoke trepidation: When the drivers were suddenly in the thick fog and smoke from the brush fires, they knew they were in a horrendous situation.
2. Very large, great, or high, often unreasonably or excessively so: The horrendous economic conditions around the world are causing all kinds of demonstrations against governments and businesses.
3. Hideous; appalling; shockingly dreadful: As a result of the hurricane, the horrendous destruction had torn the neighborhood apart.
Dreadful, frightful, and horrible.
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Dreadful and fearful.
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humorous (adjective)
1. Intended to be amusing and to make people laugh; being witty.
2. Full of, or characterized by being funny, comical; or by being facetious: "Originally the word humorous referred to a person's humors, or moods."

"A medieval book on medicine might include descriptions of humorous illnesses; however, these were not joke sicknesses. Now when people born after 1700 say something is humorous, it means they think it's funny and that it no longer indicates being sick as it was in its original usage."