variant of -ous, added to stems of Latin origin, often with corresponding nouns ending in -ity: atrocious; hilarious. Cf. -eous.
[ME L -iosus (see -I-, -OSE1) and L -ius (masc. sing. adj. ending, as in varius)]

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