-cy
noun suffix Etymology: 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 1. action ; practice <
mendicancy
>
2. rank ; office <
baronetcy
>
<
chaplaincy
>
3. body ; class <
magistracy
>
4. state ; quality <
bankruptcy
>
<
normalcy
>
— often replacing a final -t or -te of the base word <
accuracy
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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