Definition - Any suffix or other type of word ending, especially one that carries inflectional information.

Example -
The -ed in wanted and the -ly in slowly are desinences.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin desinere, to leave off or close.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1599:
"Fettering together the series of the verses, with the bondes of like cadence or desinence of rime."
(Bp. Hall Sat. Postcr.)

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