noun suffix

: the state of having a particular quality

: the action or practice of a particular type of person

: the state of having a particular role or rank

Full Definition of -CY

:  action :  practice <mendicancy>
:  rank :  office <chaplaincy>
:  body :  class <magistracy>
:  state :  quality <bankruptcy> —often replacing a final -t or -te of the base word <accuracy>

Origin of -CY

Middle English -cie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -tia, partly from -t- (final stem consonant) + -ia -y, partly from Greek -tia, -teia, from -t- (final stem consonant) + -ia, -eia -y


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