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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar


127. Compounds in -dicus ( saying ) and -volus ( willing ) take in their comparison the forms of the corresponding participles dīcēns and volēns , which were anciently used as adjectives:—

maledicus, slanderous; maledīc entior, maledīc entissimus.

malevolus, spiteful; malevol entior, malevol entissimus.

a. So, by analogy, compounds in -ficus:—

māgnificus, grand; māgnific entior, māgnific entissimus.

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