1. a suffix of abstract nouns, usually paired with adjectives ending in -t, -te, -tic, especially -nt, as in accuracy, expediency, also paired with other adjectives, as in fallacy (fallacious), or with a noun, as in lunacy, sometimes forming (in extended suffixes) action nouns, as in vacancy (vacate), occupancy (occupy).

2. a suffix of nouns denoting a rank or dignity, sometimes attached to the stem of a word rather than the word itself, as in captaincy, colonelcy, magistracy.
{representing French -cie, -tie, Latin -cia, -tia, Greek -kia, -keia, -tia, -teia}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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