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 History of this Word

"ence" is from "entia" spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
difference
absence
impatience
existence

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Meaning 1

Definition

A word ending that indicates state, condition, or quality. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ence illustration Much of the literature today tends to value independence, encouraging people to become liberated and do their own thing.
-ence illustration When the mind is still, we can see a magnificence in even the most ordinary things--the vividness of a sunset, the warmth of a smile, the simplicity of serving a cup of tea.