\ \ [16] The meaning of deteriorate resides etymologically in its first syllable, which represents the Latin preposition down’. To this was added the adjectival suffix -ter, to produce *dēterbad’, and this in turn was modified with the comparative suffix -ior to dēteriorworse’. Dēterior formed the basis of the verb dēteriorāreget worse’, source of English deteriorate.

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