Sensational Suffixes: TION (Part 1)

An itemization of words ending with the suffix 'tion'. Part 2 Part 3

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  1. abbreviation
    shortening something by omitting parts of it
  2. abdication
    the act of giving up power
  3. abduction
    the criminal act of carrying someone away by force
  4. aberration
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  5. abjection
    a low or downcast state
  6. abjuration
    a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
  7. ablation
    the erosive process that reduces the size of glaciers
  8. ablution
    the act of washing oneself, as for ritual purposes
  9. abnegation
    the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief
  10. abolition
    doing away with a system or practice or institution
  11. abolitionist
    a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery
  12. abomination
    hate coupled with disgust
  13. abortion
    termination of pregnancy
  14. abrogation
    an official or legal cancellation
  15. absolution
    formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in penance
  16. absorption
    a process in which one substance permeates another
  17. abstention
    the trait of refraining (especially from alcohol)
  18. abstraction
    the process of formulating general concepts
  19. acceleration
    an increase in rate of change
  20. accentuation
    the use or application of an accent
  21. acclamation
    enthusiastic approval or recognition
  22. acclimation
    adaptation to a new environment or situation
  23. acclimatization
    adaptation to a new climate
  24. accommodation
    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
  25. accreditation
    the act of granting official approval or recognition
  26. accretion
    an increase by natural growth or addition
  27. acculturation
    the adoption of the behavior patterns of one's surroundings
  28. accumulation
    the act of gathering up
  29. accusation
    an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence
  30. acquisition
    something gained
  31. action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  32. activation
    causing something to take effect or to have energy
  33. actualization
    making real or giving the appearance of reality
  34. actuation
    the act of propelling
  35. adaptation
    the process of adjusting or conforming to new conditions
  36. adaption
    the process of adapting to something
  37. addiction
    being dependent on something habit-forming
  38. addition
    the arithmetic operation of summing
  39. adjudication
    the final judgment in a legal proceeding
  40. adjuration
    a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
  41. administration
    the act of governing or exercising authority
  42. admiration
    a feeling of delighted approval and liking
  43. admonition
    a firm rebuke
  44. adoption
    proceeding creating a parent-child relation between persons
  45. adoration
    the act of admiring strongly
  46. adsorption
    the accumulation of molecules of a gas to form a thin film on the surface of a solid
  47. adulation
    exaggerated flattery or praise
  48. adulteration
    the act of adulterating
  49. affectation
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  50. affection
    a positive feeling of liking
  51. affiliation
    the act of becoming formally connected or joined
  52. agglomeration
    the act of collecting in a mass
  53. aggravation
    action that makes a problem or a disease worse
  54. aggregation
    the act of gathering something together
  55. agitation
    a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  56. allegation
    a formal accusation against somebody
  57. alleviation
    the act of reducing something unpleasant
  58. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
  59. allocation
    the act of distributing or apportioning according to a plan
  60. alteration
    the act of revising
  61. altercation
    a noisy quarrel
  62. alternation
    successive change from one thing or state to another and back again
  63. amalgamation
    the combination of two or more commercial companies
  64. ambition
    a strong drive for success
  65. amelioration
    the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
  66. ammunition
    projectiles to be fired from a gun
  67. amortization
    reducing the value of an asset over a period of years
  68. amplification
    addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
  69. amputation
    a surgical removal of all or part of a limb
  70. animation
    quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
  71. annexation
    incorporation by joining or uniting
  72. annihilation
    destruction by obliterating something
  73. annotation
    the act of adding notes
  74. anticipation
    the act of predicting, as by reasoning about the future
  75. apparition
    a ghostly appearing figure
  76. appellation
    identifying words by which someone or something is called
  77. apperception
    the process whereby an object is related to past experiences
  78. application
    the action of putting something into operation
  79. apportion
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
  80. apposition
    the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
  81. appreciation
    understanding of the nature or meaning of something
  82. approbation
    official approval
  83. appropriation
    a deliberate act of acquisition, often without permission
  84. approximation
    a rough calculation of quantity or degree or worth
  85. arbitration
    giving authoritative judgment
  86. argumentation
    the methodical process of logical reasoning
  87. arrogation
    seizure by the government
  88. articulation
    the manner in which things come together and are connected
  89. asphyxiation
    the condition of being deprived of oxygen
  90. aspiration
    a cherished desire
  91. assassination
    murder of a public figure by surprise attack
  92. assertion
    a declaration that is made emphatically
  93. assignation
    a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
  94. assimilation
    the process of absorbing one cultural group into another
  95. association
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  96. assumption
    the act of taking something for granted
  97. attention
    the act of concentrating on something
  98. attenuation
    a weakening in force or intensity
  99. attestation
    the action of bearing witness
  100. attraction
    the quality of arousing interest
  101. attribution
    assigning to a cause or source
  102. attrition
    the act of rubbing together
  103. auction
    the public sale of something to the highest bidder
  104. audition
    perform in order to get a role
  105. augmentation
    the act of enlarging or increasing
  106. auscultation
    listening to sounds within the body with a stethoscope
  107. authentication
    validating the authenticity of something or someone
  108. authorization
    official permission or approval
  109. automation
    the act of implementing the control of equipment
  110. aviation
    the art of operating aircraft
  111. avocation
    an auxiliary activity
  112. bastion
    projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
  113. beatification
    rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
  114. benediction
    a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
  115. benefaction
    an act intending or showing kindness and good will
  116. bifurcation
    a separation into two branches
  117. bisection
    dividing into two equal parts
  118. botheration
    the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
  119. calcification
    a process that impregnates something with calcium
  120. calculation
    determination by mathematical or logical methods
  121. calibration
    the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument
  122. cancellation
    the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
  123. capitulation
    the act of surrendering, usually under agreed conditions
  124. caption
    brief description accompanying an illustration
  125. captivation
    the state of being intensely interested
  126. carnation
    Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors
  127. castigation
    verbal punishment
  128. categorization
    the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes
  129. causation
    the act of making something happen
  130. caution
    judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
  131. celebration
    a joyful occasion for festivities to mark some happy event
  132. centralization
    the act of gathering or bringing to one place
  133. cerebration
    the process of using one's mind to consider something
  134. certification
    confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence
  135. cessation
    a stopping
  136. chain reaction
    a series of chemical reactions in which the product of one is a reactant in the next
  137. characterization
    the act of describing essential features
  138. chemical reaction
    a process in which substances are changed into others
  139. circulation
    the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels
  140. circumlocution
    an indirect way of expressing something
  141. circumspection
    knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
  142. circumvention
    the act of evading by going around
  143. citation
    an official award usually given as formal public statement
  144. civilization
    a society in an advanced state of social development
  145. clarification
    the act of removing solid particles from a liquid
  146. classification
    the basic cognitive process of arranging into categories
  147. coagulation
    the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
  148. coalition
    the union of diverse things into one body or form or group
  149. cogitation
    attentive consideration and thought
  150. cognition
    the psychological result of perception and reasoning
  151. cohabitation
    the act of living together and having a sexual relationship
  152. collaboration
    act of working jointly
  153. collation
    assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
  154. collection
    the act of gathering something together
  155. collocation
    the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
  156. colonization
    the act of settling a group of people in a new place
  157. coloration
    appearance with regard to color
  158. combination
    the act of bringing things together to form a new whole
  159. combustion
    a reaction of a substance with oxygen to give heat and light
  160. commemoration
    a recognition of meritorious service
  161. commendation
    an official award given as formal public statement
  162. commination
    a threat of divine punishment or vengeance
  163. commiseration
    feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
  164. commotion
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
  165. communication
    the activity of conveying information
  166. 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"
  167. compaction
    the act of crushing
  168. compensation
    the act of making amends for service or loss or injury
  169. competition
    the act of contending with others for rewards or resources
  170. compilation
    the act of putting together
  171. completion
    a concluding action
  172. complication
    the act or process of making more difficult or challenging
  173. composition
    the way in which someone or something is put together
  174. compunction
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
  175. computation
    the procedure of calculating
  176. concatenation
    the act of linking together as in a series or chain
  177. concentration
    the spatial property of being crowded together
  178. conception
    the creation of something in the mind
  179. conciliation
    the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity
  180. concoction
    the act of creating something by compounding or mixing
  181. condemnation
    an expression of strong disapproval
  182. condensation
    process of changing from a gas to a liquid or solid state
  183. condition
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  184. conduction
    the transmission of heat or electricity or sound
  185. confabulation
    a discussion or informal conversation
  186. confection
    a food rich in sugar
  187. confederation
    the state of being allied
  188. configuration
    an arrangement of parts or elements
  189. confirmation
    information that verifies
  190. confiscation
    seizure by the government
  191. conflagration
    a very intense and uncontrolled fire
  192. conformation
    acting according to certain accepted standards
  193. confrontation
    discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
  194. confutation
    evidence that refutes conclusively
  195. congestion
    excessive crowding
  196. conglomeration
    a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together
  197. congratulations
    an expression of approval and commendation
  198. congregation
    the act of assembling
  199. conjugation
    the state of being joined together
  200. conjunction
    the state of being joined together
  201. conjuration
    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
  202. connection
    a relation between things or events
  203. conniption
    a display of bad temper
  204. connotation
    an idea that is implied or suggested
  205. conscription
    compulsory military service
  206. consecration
    sanctification of something by dedicating it to God
  207. conservation
    careful management of the environment and natural resources
  208. consideration
    the process of giving careful thought to something
  209. consolation
    the act of giving relief in affliction
  210. consolidation
    combining into a solid mass
  211. constellation
    a configuration of stars as seen from the earth
  212. consternation
    sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion
  213. constipation
    irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis
  214. constitution
    the act of forming or establishing something
  215. constriction
    a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
  216. construction
    the act of building something
  217. consultation
    the act of referring to something to find information
  218. consummation
    the act of bringing to completion or fruition
  219. consumption
    the act of using something up
  220. contamination
    the state of being corrupted by contact or association
  221. contemplation
    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
  222. contention
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
  223. continuation
    the act of continuing an activity without interruption
  224. contortion
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  225. contraception
    birth control by the use of devices or drugs or surgery
  226. contraction
    the act of decreasing in size or volume or quantity or scope
  227. contradiction
    opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
  228. contraption
    a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
  229. contribution
    a voluntary gift made to some worthwhile cause
  230. contrition
    sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
  231. convection
    transfer of heat caused by molecular motion in liquid or gas
  232. convention
    the act of meeting formally
  233. conversation
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas
  234. conviction
    an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
  235. convocation
    the act of calling to a meeting
  236. convolution
    the action of coiling or twisting or winding together
  237. cooperation
    the practice of working together on a common enterprise
  238. coordination
    regulation of diverse elements into a harmonious operation
  239. copulation
    the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman
  240. coronation
    the ceremony of installing a new monarch
  241. corporation
    a business firm recognized by law as a single body
  242. correction
    the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake
  243. correlation
    a reciprocal connection between two or more things
  244. corroboration
    confirmation that some fact or statement is true
  245. corruption
    use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
  246. coruscation
    the occurrence of a small flash or spark
  247. creation
    the act of starting something for the first time
  248. cremation
    the incineration of a dead body
  249. crenelation
    a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
  250. crepitation
    the sharp sound of snapping noises
  251. cross section
    a section created by a plane cutting a solid perpendicular to its longest axis
  252. culmination
    a concluding action
  253. cultivation
    production of food by preparing the land to grow crops
  254. cumulation
    a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  255. damnation
    the state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell
  256. deactivation
    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
  257. decapitation
    execution by cutting off the victim's head
  258. deceleration
    a decrease in rate of change
  259. deception
    a misleading falsehood
  260. decimation
    destroying or killing a large part of the population
  261. declamation
    recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric
  262. declaration
    a statement that is emphatic and explicit
  263. declination
    a condition inferior to an earlier condition
  264. decomposition
    the organic phenomenon of rotting
  265. 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
  266. decoration
    the act of adorning something
  267. dedication
    complete and wholehearted fidelity
  268. deduction
    the act of removing a part from the whole
  269. defalcation
    the sum of money that is misappropriated
  270. defamation
    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
  271. defecation
    the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
  272. defection
    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance
  273. defenestration
    the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
  274. defibrillation
    treatment by stopping fibrillation of heart muscles
  275. definition
    a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase
  276. deflation
    the act of letting the air out of something
  277. deflection
    a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  278. deforestation
    the state of being clear of trees
  279. deformation
    alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
  280. degeneration
    the process of declining from a higher to a lower level
  281. degradation
    changing to a lower, less respected state
  282. dehydration
    the process of extracting moisture
  283. deification
    the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
  284. dejection
    a state of melancholy depression
  285. delectation
    a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction
  286. delegation
    a group of representatives
  287. deletion
    any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
  288. deliberation
    careful consideration
  289. delimitation
    a line that indicates a boundary
  290. delineation
    a drawing of the outlines of forms or objects
  291. demarcation
    the boundary of a specific area
  292. democratization
    the action of making something democratic
  293. demolition
    the act of destroying completely
  294. demonstration
    a show or display
  295. demotion
    act of lowering in rank or position
  296. denomination
    identifying word by which someone or something is called
  297. denotation
    the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
  298. denunciation
    a public act of denouncing
  299. depiction
    representation by drawing, painting, etc.
  300. depletion
    the state of being used up
  301. deportation
    the expulsion of a non-citizen from a country
  302. deposition
    the act of putting something somewhere
  303. depravation
    moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
  304. deprecation
    a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
  305. depreciation
    a decrease in price or value
  306. depredation
    an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
  307. deprivation
    the disadvantage that results from losing something
  308. deregulation
    the act of freeing from rules
  309. dereliction
    willful negligence
  310. derivation
    the source or origin from which something comes
  311. derogation
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
  312. desalination
    the removal of salt (especially from sea water)
  313. description
    the act of depicting something
  314. desecration
    blasphemous behavior
  315. desertification
    a gradual transformation into arid, uninhabitable land
  316. desertion
    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
  317. designation
    the act of identifying something
  318. desolation
    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
  319. desperation
    a state in which all hope is lost or absent
  320. destination
    the place designated as the end, as of a race or journey
  321. destitution
    a state without money or prospects
  322. destruction
    an event that completely ruins something
  323. detection
    the perception or discovery that something has occurred
  324. detention
    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
  325. deterioration
    process of changing to an inferior state
  326. determination
    the act of finding out the properties of something
  327. detestation
    hate coupled with disgust
  328. detonation
    the act of setting off an explosive
  329. detraction
    a petty disparagement
  330. devastation
    the state of being decayed or destroyed
  331. deviation
    a variation from the standard or norm
  332. devolution
    the process of declining from a higher to a lower level
  333. devotion
    commitment to some purpose
  334. dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  335. diction
    the manner in which something is expressed in words
  336. differentiation
    a discrimination between things as distinct
  337. diffraction
    process by which light changes passing through a narrow slit
  338. digestion
    the process by which the body breaks down food
  339. dilapidation
    the process of becoming dilapidated
  340. dilation
    the act of expanding an aperture
  341. dilution
    a solution reduced in strength or concentration
  342. diminution
    change toward something smaller or lower
  343. direction
    a line leading to a place or point
  344. disaffection
    the feeling of being alienated from other people
  345. disambiguation
    clarification that follows from the removal of ambiguity
  346. disapprobation
    pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
  347. discoloration
    the act of changing something by making it duller or dingier
  348. disconnection
    the state of being separated
  349. discontinuation
    the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption
  350. discretion
    power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies
  351. discrimination
    unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice
  352. disfiguration
    an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen
  353. disinclination
    a certain degree of unwillingness
  354. disinfection
    treatment to destroy harmful microorganisms
  355. disintegration
    separation into component parts
  356. disjunction
    state of being disconnected
  357. dislocation
    an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity
  358. disorganization
    a condition in which an orderly system has been disrupted
  359. dispensation
    the act of giving out in portions
  360. disposition
    your usual mood
  361. disproportion
    imbalance among the parts of something
  362. disputation
    the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
  363. disquisition
    an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
  364. disruption
    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  365. dissatisfaction
    the feeling of being displeased and discontent
  366. dissection
    cutting so as to separate into pieces
  367. dissemination
    the act of dispersing or diffusing something
  368. dissertation
    a treatise advancing a point of view resulting from research
  369. dissimulation
    the act of deceiving
  370. dissipation
    breaking up and scattering by dispersion
  371. dissociation
    the act of removing from association
  372. dissolution
    separation into component parts
  373. distention
    the state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions
  374. distillation
    purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors
  375. distinction
    a discrimination between things as different
  376. distortion
    a shape resulting from being deformed
  377. distraction
    drawing someone's attention away from something
  378. distribution
    the act of spreading or apportioning
  379. divagation
    a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  380. diversification
    the condition of being varied
  381. divination
    the art or gift of prophecy by supernatural means
  382. documentation
    confirmation that some fact or statement is true
  383. domestication
    adaptation to intimate association with human beings
  384. domination
    power to defeat
  385. donation
    a voluntary gift made to some worthwhile cause
  386. dramatization
    a representation intended for performance
  387. duplication
    the act of copying or making a duplicate of something
  388. duration
    the period of time during which something continues
  389. dysfunction
    any disturbance in the working of an organ or body part

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