-ation, -ization (-iz[e] + -ation); -isation (British spelling variation)

(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)

Although there are over 1,450 word entries ending with -ation or -ization listed in this unit, there are certainly many more which exist in the English language. At any rate, this unit provides a significant number of -ation and -ization examples for you to see.

de-escalation, deescalation (s) (noun); de-escalations, deescalations
A decrease in strength, force, or size: The de-escalation of tension between the two countries was exceedingly welcome by the politicians and by the people of both countries!
defamation (s) (noun), defamations (pl)
1. A verbal or written attack on someone’s good name, character, or reputation.
2. Communicated damage to the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.
defenestration (s) (noun), defenestrations (pl)
An act of tossing or flinging someone or something out of a window: The defenestration of garbage and human-night soil onto the streets was a common practice in many medieval cities.
The act of throwing something or someone out of a window.
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defibrillation (s) (noun), defibrillations (pl)
Medical treatment by stopping muscular twitching or irregular contractions of the muscle fibers; especially, of the heart: Defibrillation of abnormal movements of heart muscles is usually treated with electric shocks delivered in an attempt to restore the normal rhythms of the heart.

Defibrillations are used to apply carefully controlled electric shocks that are administered either through a device on the exterior of the chest wall or directly to the exposed heart muscle, to restart or to normalize the rhythms.

deflagration (s) (noun), deflagrations (pl)
1. Combustion that is transmitted along the surface of a chemical substance at a fast rate being promoted by the transfer of heat: Experts say that quick explosive reactions are referred to as deflagrations.
2. A process of subsonic combustion that usually propagates through thermal conductivity: Deflagration describes the process of hot burning material which heats up the next layer of cold material and ignites it.
3. The kindling, or burning off in a crucible, a mixture of salt, or some mineral substance, with a gradual sparkling combustion of any substance without a violent explosion: Deflagration is particularly applied to combustion produced by nitre or niter, which is a colorless or white crystalline compound used in gunpowders, pyrotechnics, fertilizers, and as a preservative for foods; especially, as a curing salt for ham, sausages, etc.
deflation (s) (noun), deflations (pl)
1. The release, or escape, of air or gas from something, resulting in its shrinking or collapsing: Deflation inevitably happens when a bike's tire runs over a big nail and is punctured!
2. A sudden loss of confidence, self-assurance: Sally's mother could see deflation all over her daughter's face when she told her mother that she received a very bad grade in the last German test.
3. A persistent decrease in the level of consumer prices or a persistent increase in the purchasing power of money because of a reduction in available currency and credit: The population was caught up in a time of deflation and the unemployment rate as very high.
4. In geology, the erosion of soil by the wind: Deflation is the mechanical process of sand, dust, or rocks, for example, being ground down, worn away, or even removed by the wind.

Deflation, an economic inconvenience or a serious problem

Economic deflation refers to a decline in general price levels, often caused by a reduction in the supply of money or credit.

Deflation can also be brought about by direct contractions in spending, either in the form of a reduction in government spending, personal spending, or investment spending.

Deflation has often had the side effect of increasing unemployment in an economy, since the process often leads to a lower level of demand by people for products in the various economic areas.

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deglaciation (s) (noun), deglaciations (pl)
1. The gradual melting away of a glacier from the surface of a landmass.
2. The removal of land ice from an area; usually by melting.
1. A comparative tasting, in small portions, of a variety of similar foods or drinks.
2. Taking a small amount of food or drink into the mouth to test the taste of its quality.
dehumanization (s) (noun), dehumanizations (pl)
A disrespectful way of treating people or being in a less respectful situation: "Wars always result in the dehumanization of people from both sides of those who are in such conflicts."

"When a bully attacks a person, he or she is exhibiting the dehumanization of another person."

1. The process of removing water from a substance or compound.
2. The process of removing water from a food product in order to preserve it or to make it more portable.
3. Excessive loss of water from the body or from an organ or body part, as a result of illness or fluid deprivation.

A condition in which there is an excessive loss of water from the body tissues, caused by such factors as prolonged diarrhea or fever, repeated vomiting, and excessive perspiration or urination. Extreme dehydration may lead to shock or even death.

1. The action or process of making someone a god or goddess.
2. The condition of having been made a god or goddess.