-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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facetious (adjective), more facetious, most facetious
1. Playfully joking: Hank was making facetious remarks which made everybody at the party laugh.
2. Cleverly amusing in tone; intended to be humorous, but which is often considered to be silly or inappropriate: Jillian apologized for making facetious comments at her son's wedding party.
3. Lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: Mildred seemed to be a facetious person who never took anything seriously.
4. Etymology: from 1592, "polished, urbane; later, given to joking, humorous"; borrowed from French facétieux, from facétie, "a joke"; from Latin facetia, from facetus, "witty, elegant".
Not serious but joking.
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Joking about golfer's missing the golf ball.
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Joking about woman in a trap during a gold game.
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factious (adjective), more factious, most factious
Relating to dissension, disharmony, or to conflicts: In some countries there are factious political groups who strive to overthrow their government or who want to separate from their country and be self-governing.
A reference to causing strifes or disputes.
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fallacious (adjective), more fallacious, most fallacious
1. Concerning fundamental errors in reasoning: Mr. Jones, the supervisor, presented fallacious reasons for firing Roy, all of which were not valid!
2. Pertaining to something that is deceiving or based on untrue information or ideas: The testimony provided by the witness during the trial obviously consisted of several fallacious statements and so the accused was declared to be innocent of the charges.
Deceptive and illogical.
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Misleading and logically unsound.
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Failing to fulfill expectations because of faulty reasoning.
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famous (adjective), more famous, most famous
Known and recognized and talked about by many people: "Multitudes of tourists go to see the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris."
1. Composed of or containing fibers.
2. Consisting of or resembling fibers.
3. Full of sinews; tough; especially, impossible to chew.
fictitious (adjective), more fictitious, most fictitious
1. Relating to not being true or genuine, and intended to deceive or used for tricking people.
2. Pertaining to being invented by someone's imagination; especially, as part of a work of fiction.
3. Referring to not being genuinely believed or felt; a sham: Margaret greeted her brother with fictitious enthusiasm.
4. Etymology: as a type of literature, about 1599: fictitious is from about 1615; from Middle Latin fictitus, a misspelling of Latin ficticius, "artificial, counterfeit"; from fictus, past participle of fingere.
Composed of filaments.
fimicolous (adjective), more fimicolous, most fimicolous
Having or producing flowers; especially, blooming freely.
folicoline (adjective), more folicoline, most folicoline
fortuitous (adjective), more fortuitous, most fortuitous
1. Descriptive of the phenomena or events which come to pass by unpredictability rather than in accordance with intelligent design or law: It was most fortuitous that Mr. Charles missed his train and arrived at the dock too late to sail on the Titanic which sank in the ocean.
2. Referring to something that happens unexpectedly with a lucky outcome: Glancing towards the gutter, Ethel noticed a ring glittering in the rain water, which was a fortuitous find, and she was able to receive a substantial reward for returning it to the person who owned it.
Happening by chance or accident.
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An unintended or unexpected meeting.
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A surprise and not planned meeting.
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fructiferous (adjective), more fructiferous, most fructiferous
Pertaining to trees or other plants that produce a form of food, some of which taste sweet and contains seeds or a large, hard seed: Apple trees and orange trees are just two examples of fructiferous plants which supply farmers, like Charles and Joseph, with incomes because of their global consumption.
Producing fruit.
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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