Sensational Suffixes: TION (Part 1) – 389 Words

abbreviation

shortening something by omitting parts of it

abdication

the act of giving up power

abduction

the criminal act of carrying someone away by force

aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

abjection

a low or downcast state

abjuration

a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion

ablation

the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers

ablution

the act of washing oneself, as for ritual purposes

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

abolition

doing away with a system or practice or institution

abolitionist

a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery

abomination

hate coupled with disgust

abortion

termination of pregnancy

abrogation

an official or legal cancellation

absolution

formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in penance

absorption

a process in which one substance permeates another

abstention

the trait of refraining (especially from alcohol)

abstraction

the process of formulating general concepts

acceleration

an increase in rate of change

accentuation

the use or application of an accent

acclamation

enthusiastic approval or recognition

acclimation

adaptation to a new environment or situation

acclimatization

adaptation to a new climate

accommodation

making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

accreditation

the act of granting official approval or recognition

accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

acculturation

the adoption of the behavior patterns of one’s surroundings

accumulation

the act of gathering up

accusation

an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence

acquisition

something gained

action

something done (usually as opposed to something said)

activation

causing something to take effect or to have energy

actualization

making real or giving the appearance of reality

actuation

the act of propelling

adaptation

the process of adjusting or conforming to new conditions

adaption

the process of adapting to something

addiction

being dependent on something habit-forming

addition

the arithmetic operation of summing

adjudication

the final judgment in a legal proceeding

adjuration

a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something

administration

the act of governing or exercising authority

admiration

a feeling of delighted approval and liking

admonition

a firm rebuke

adoption

proceeding creating a parent-child relation between persons

adoration

the act of admiring strongly

adsorption

the accumulation of molecules of a gas to form a thin film on the surface of a solid

adulation

exaggerated flattery or praise

adulteration

the act of adulterating

affectation

a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

affection

a positive feeling of liking

affiliation

the act of becoming formally connected or joined

agglomeration

the act of collecting in a mass

aggravation

action that makes a problem or a disease worse

aggregation

the act of gathering something together

agitation

a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

allegation

a formal accusation against somebody

alleviation

the act of reducing something unpleasant

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

allocation

the act of distributing or apportioning according to a plan

alteration

the act of revising

altercation

a noisy quarrel

alternation

successive change from one thing or state to another and back again

amalgamation

the combination of two or more commercial companies

ambition

a strong drive for success

amelioration

the act of relieving ills and changing for the better

ammunition

projectiles to be fired from a gun

amortization

reducing the value of an asset over a period of years

amplification

addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail

amputation

a surgical removal of all or part of a limb

animation

quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous

annexation

incorporation by joining or uniting

annihilation

destruction by obliterating something

annotation

the act of adding notes

anticipation

the act of predicting, as by reasoning about the future

apparition

a ghostly appearing figure

appellation

identifying words by which someone or something is called

apperception

the process whereby an object is related to past experiences

application

the action of putting something into operation

apportion

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

apposition

the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

appreciation

understanding of the nature or meaning of something

approbation

official acceptance or agreement

appropriation

a deliberate act of acquisition, often without permission

approximation

a rough calculation of quantity or degree or worth

arbitration

giving authoritative judgment

argumentation

the methodical process of logical reasoning

arrogation

seizure by the government

articulation

the manner in which things come together and are connected

asphyxiation

the condition of being deprived of oxygen

aspiration

a cherished desire

assassination

murder of a public figure by surprise attack

assertion

a declaration that is made emphatically

assignation

a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)

assimilation

the process of absorbing one cultural group into another

association

a formal organization of people or groups of people

assumption

the act of taking something for granted

attention

the act of concentrating on something

attenuation

a weakening in force or intensity

attestation

the action of bearing witness

attraction

the quality of arousing interest

attribution

assigning to a cause or source

attrition

the act of rubbing together

auction

the public sale of something to the highest bidder

audition

perform in order to get a role

augmentation

the act of enlarging or increasing

auscultation

listening to sounds within the body with a stethoscope

authentication

validating the authenticity of something or someone

authorization

official permission or approval

automation

the act of implementing the control of equipment

aviation

the art of operating aircraft

avocation

an auxiliary activity

bastion

projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

beatification

the act of making someone supremely blessed and happy

benediction

a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

benefaction

an act intending or showing kindness and good will

bifurcation

a separation into two branches

bisection

dividing into two equal parts

botheration

the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

calcification

a process that impregnates something with calcium

calculation

determination by mathematical or logical methods

calibration

the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument

cancellation

the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement

capitulation

the act of surrendering, usually under agreed conditions

caption

brief description accompanying an illustration

captivation

the state of being intensely interested

carnation

Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors

castigation

verbal punishment

categorization

the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes

causation

the act of making something happen

caution

judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

celebration

a joyful occasion for festivities to mark some happy event

centralization

the act of gathering or bringing to one place

cerebration

the process of using one’s mind to consider something

certification

confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence

cessation

a stopping

chain reaction

a series of chemical reactions in which the product of one is a reactant in the next

characterization

the act of describing essential features

chemical reaction

a process in which substances are changed into others

circulation

the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels

circumlocution

an indirect way of expressing something

circumspection

knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress

circumvention

the act of evading by going around

citation

an official award usually given as formal public statement

civilization

a society in an advanced state of social development

clarification

the act of removing solid particles from a liquid

classification

the basic cognitive process of arranging into categories

coagulation

the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid

coalition

the union of diverse things into one body or form or group

cogitation

attentive consideration and thought

cognition

the psychological result of perception and reasoning

cohabitation

the act of living together and having a sexual relationship

collaboration

act of working jointly

collation

assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence

collection

the act of gathering something together

collocation

the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

colonization

the act of settling a group of people in a new place

coloration

appearance with regard to color

combination

the act of bringing things together to form a new whole

combustion

a reaction of a substance with oxygen to give heat and light

commemoration

a recognition of meritorious service

commendation

an official award given as formal public statement

commination

a threat of divine punishment or vengeance

commiseration

feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

commotion

a disorderly outburst or tumult

communication

the activity of conveying information

commutation

the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: “he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help”

compaction

the act of crushing

compensation

the act of making amends for service or loss or injury

competition

the act of contending with others for rewards or resources

compilation

the act of putting together

completion

a concluding action

complication

the act or process of making more difficult or challenging

composition

the way in which someone or something is put together

compunction

a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

computation

the procedure of calculating

concatenation

the act of linking together as in a series or chain

concentration

the spatial property of being crowded together

conception

the creation of something in the mind

conciliation

the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity

concoction

the act of creating something by compounding or mixing

condemnation

an expression of strong disapproval

condensation

process of changing from a gas to a liquid or solid state

condition

a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

conduction

the transmission of heat or electricity or sound

confabulation

a discussion or informal conversation

confection

a food rich in sugar

confederation

the state of being allied

configuration

an arrangement of parts or elements

confirmation

information that verifies

confiscation

seizure by the government

conflagration

a very intense and uncontrolled fire

conformation

acting according to certain accepted standards

confrontation

discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions

confutation

evidence that refutes conclusively

congestion

excessive crowding

conglomeration

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

congratulations

an expression of approval and commendation

congregation

the act of assembling

conjugation

the state of being joined together

conjunction

the state of being joined together

conjuration

a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

connection

a relation between things or events

conniption

a display of bad temper

connotation

an idea that is implied or suggested

conscription

compulsory military service

consecration

sanctification of something by dedicating it to God

conservation

careful management of the environment and natural resources

consideration

the process of giving careful thought to something

consolation

the act of giving relief in affliction

consolidation

combining into a solid mass

constellation

a configuration of stars as seen from the earth

consternation

sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion

constipation

irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis

constitution

the act of forming or establishing something

constriction

a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel

construction

the act of building something

consultation

the act of referring to something to find information

consummation

the act of bringing to completion or fruition

consumption

the act of using something up

contamination

the state of being corrupted by contact or association

contemplation

a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

contention

the act of competing as for profit or a prize

continuation

the act of continuing an activity without interruption

contortion

a tortuous and twisted shape or position

contraception

birth control by the use of devices or drugs or surgery

contraction

the act of decreasing in size or volume or quantity or scope

contradiction

opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

contraption

a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

contribution

a voluntary gift made to some worthwhile cause

contrition

sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation

convection

transfer of heat caused by molecular motion in liquid or gas

convention

the act of meeting formally

conversation

the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas

conviction

an unshakable belief in something without need for proof

convocation

the act of calling to a meeting

convolution

the action of coiling or twisting or winding together

cooperation

the practice of working together on a common enterprise

coordination

regulation of diverse elements into a harmonious operation

copulation

the act of engaging in sexual intercourse

coronation

the ceremony of installing a new monarch

corporation

a business firm recognized by law as a single body

correction

the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake

correlation

a reciprocal connection between two or more things

corroboration

confirmation that some fact or statement is true

corruption

use of a position of trust for dishonest gain

coruscation

the occurrence of a small flash or spark

creation

the act of starting something for the first time

cremation

the incineration of a dead body

crenelation

a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns

crepitation

the sharp sound of snapping noises

cross section

a section created by a plane cutting a solid perpendicular to its longest axis

culmination

a concluding action

cultivation

production of food by preparing the land to grow crops

cumulation

a collection of objects laid on top of each other

damnation

the state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell

deactivation

breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)

decapitation

execution by cutting off the victim’s head

deceleration

a decrease in rate of change

deception

a misleading falsehood

decimation

destroying or killing a large part of the population

declamation

recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric

declaration

a statement that is emphatic and explicit

declination

a condition inferior to an earlier condition

decomposition

the organic phenomenon of rotting

deconstruction

a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning

decoration

the act of adorning something

dedication

complete and wholehearted fidelity

deduction

the act of removing a part from the whole

defalcation

the sum of money that is misappropriated

defamation

an abusive attack on a person’s character or good name

defecation

the elimination of fecal waste through the anus

defection

withdrawing support or help despite allegiance

defenestration

the act of throwing someone or something out of a window

defibrillation

treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles

definition

a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase

deflation

the act of letting the air out of something

deflection

a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

deforestation

the state of being clear of trees

deformation

alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it

degeneration

the process of declining from a higher to a lower level

degradation

changing to a lower, less respected state

dehydration

the process of extracting moisture

deification

elevation to the status of a god

dejection

a state of melancholy depression

delectation

a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

delegation

a group of representatives

deletion

any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases

deliberation

careful consideration

delimitation

a line that indicates a boundary

delineation

a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects

demarcation

the boundary of a specific area

democratization

the action of making something democratic

demolition

the act of destroying completely

demonstration

a show or display

demotion

act of lowering in rank or position

denomination

identifying word by which someone or something is called

denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

denunciation

a public act of denouncing

depiction

representation by drawing, painting, etc.

depletion

the state of being used up

deportation

the expulsion of a non-citizen from a country

deposition

the act of putting something somewhere

depravation

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

deprecation

a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster

depreciation

a decrease in price or value

depredation

an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding

deprivation

the disadvantage that results from losing something

deregulation

the act of freeing from rules

dereliction

willful negligence

derivation

the source or origin from which something comes

derogation

a communication that belittles somebody or something

desalination

the removal of salt (especially from sea water)

description

the act of depicting something

desecration

blasphemous behavior

desertification

a gradual transformation into arid, uninhabitable land

desertion

withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

designation

the act of identifying something

desolation

sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned

desperation

a state in which all hope is lost or absent

destination

the place designated as the end, as of a race or journey

destitution

a state without money or prospects

destruction

an event that completely ruins something

detection

the perception or discovery that something has occurred

detention

a state of being confined (usually for a short time)

deterioration

process of changing to an inferior state

determination

the act of finding out the properties of something

detestation

hate coupled with disgust

detonation

the act of setting off an explosive

detraction

a petty disparagement

devastation

the state of being decayed or destroyed

deviation

a variation from the standard or norm

devolution

the process of declining from a higher to a lower level

devotion

commitment to some purpose

dictation

an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words

differentiation

a discrimination between things as distinct

diffraction

process by which light changes passing through a narrow slit

digestion

the process by which the body breaks down food

dilapidation

the process of becoming dilapidated

dilation

the act of expanding an aperture

dilution

a solution reduced in strength or concentration

diminution

change toward something smaller or lower

direction

a line leading to a place or point

disaffection

the feeling of being alienated from other people

disambiguation

clarification that follows from the removal of ambiguity

disapprobation

pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable

discoloration

the act of changing something by making it duller or dingier

disconnection

the state of being separated

discontinuation

the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption

discretion

power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies

discrimination

unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice

disfiguration

an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen

disinclination

a certain degree of unwillingness

disinfection

treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms

disintegration

separation into component parts

disjunction

state of being disconnected

dislocation

an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity

disorganization

a condition in which an orderly system has been disrupted

dispensation

the act of giving out in portions

disposition

your usual mood

disproportion

imbalance among the parts of something

disputation

the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

disquisition

an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion

disruption

an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

dissatisfaction

the feeling of being displeased and discontent

dissection

cutting so as to separate into pieces

dissemination

the act of dispersing or diffusing something

dissertation

a treatise advancing a point of view resulting from research

dissimulation

the act of deceiving

dissipation

breaking up and scattering by dispersion

dissociation

the act of removing from association

dissolution

separation into component parts

distention

the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions

distillation

purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors

distinction

a discrimination between things as different

distortion

a shape resulting from being deformed

distraction

drawing someone’s attention away from something

distribution

the act of spreading or apportioning

divagation

a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

diversification

the condition of being varied

divination

the art or gift of prophecy by supernatural means

documentation

confirmation that some fact or statement is true

domestication

adaptation to intimate association with human beings

domination

power to defeat

donation

a voluntary gift made to some worthwhile cause

dramatization

a representation intended for performance

duplication

the act of copying or making a duplicate of something

duration

the period of time during which something continues

dysfunction

any disturbance in the working of an organ or body part
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