See also: Cy, CY, cy, and .cy

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EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Latin -cia, -tia, Ancient Greek -κια (-kia), -τια (-tia).

SuffixEdit

-cy

  1. (non-productive) Used to form nouns of state, condition or quality e.g. obstinacy
  2. (non-productive) Used to form nouns of rank or office e.g. abbacy

Usage notesEdit

In sense of a state, a condition, often replaces a terminal -t, as in pregnancy (from pregnant). Exceptions include normalcy (no terminal -t in normal) and bankruptcy (terminal -t in bankrupt retained).

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Last modified on 8 October 2013, at 17:19