- 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.