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Some 'ous' adjectives have the noun form 'ity', e.g. enormous > enormity, hilarious > hilarity.
Some have the noun form 'osity', e.g. monstrous > monstrosity, religious > religiosity.
Some have the noun form 'ousness', e.g. nervous > nervousness, outrageous > outrageousness.
'Ingenious' has the irregular noun form 'ingenuity' (the 'u' presumably arose through confusion with 'ingenuous').
Some 'ous' adjectives have alternative noun forms, e.g. callous > callousness or callosity.
I don't know why they vary in this way. Such words are mostly derived from Latin. Some may have been derived directly, and others via French; I don't know whether that accounts for any of the differences.
Last edited by A C Bowden; 07/15/18 01:52 AM.
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