By Katie Dunn

BASE: Suppress

The base word suppress means to put to an end (the activities of a person, company etc.). This base word came from the Latin word suppressus meaning to force down with force or authority.


The suffix -sion means the state or quality (of an object). This suffix appears in loanwords (words adopted from other languages with little or no modification) from Latin, and transforms a word into a verb.

Organic weed control encourages weed suppression rather than elimination.

How the Word Came to Be

The word suppression means the act of keeping something from happening. The base word, suppress means to put an end to, and the suffix -sion means the state. The combination of the word and the suffix means the state of putting and end to, which would be keeping something from happening.