Power Suffix: -ful

The suffix -ful means "characterized by" or "full of." For example, a joyful song is characterized by joy or happiness. Learn these words that include the suffix -ful.

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  1. blissful
    completely happy and contented
    He stares at the ceiling and drifts into a deep, blissful sleep.Enrique's Journey
  2. bountiful
    producing in abundance
    Our visits were never long enough for me—the library was so bountiful.The New Yorker (Oct 5, 2018)
  3. deceitful
    marked by deliberate deceptiveness
    “We were involved in various deceitful transactions with investors. And a company we took over, we took over on false pretenses. We were all making stuff up to look bigger than we were.”Los Angeles Times (Oct 22, 2018)
  4. distasteful
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    Every once in a while, he would glance over at Leo and Frank like he found their presence distasteful.The Mark of Athena
  5. frightful
    provoking horror
    My dreams were frightful, full of ghostly figures that resembled my father.Ophelia
  6. fruitful
    productive or conducive to producing in abundance
    Late in his long and fruitful life, Wooden would mention one regret when asked if there was anything he hadn’t done.Los Angeles Times (Sep 24, 2018)
  7. graceful
    characterized by beauty of movement, style, or form
    The bird pirouetted on one vast wing and tipped into a slow, graceful spiral.Strange the Dreamer
  8. healthful
    conducive to good functioning of body or mind
    Pumpkin itself, along with other winter squash, is a wonderfully healthful source of fiber and nutrients.Seattle Times (Oct 24, 2018)
  9. meaningful
    having a purpose
  10. merciful
    showing or giving forgiveness
    Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person.Divergent
  11. remorseful
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    “I am very remorseful for my immature behavior.”Washington Post (Mar 16, 2018)
  12. reproachful
    expressing disapproval, blame, or disappointment
    And it was harder for him to stay quiet, which drew more reproachful glares from Alec.The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Book Four; Origin)
  13. resourceful
    adroit or imaginative
    Nancy Drew is a smart and resourceful teenage sleuth who began solving mysteries in the 1930s and continues to solve them to this day.Book Scavenger
  14. successful
    having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
    The quest was successful, and the Dragon that guarded the hoard was destroyed.The Fellowship of the Ring
  15. tactful
    showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
    So if your aim is to advance within this company, and ensure you’ll be in the running for other openings, be tactful and diplomatic.Seattle Times (Oct 4, 2018)

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