a suffix of nouns, originally plural as denoting things relating to a particular subject, but now mostly used as singular as denoting the body of matters, facts, knowledge, principles, etc., relating to a subject, and hence a science or art, as in ethics, physics, politics, tactics.

{plural of -ic; originally representing Greek -ika (in Latin -ica), neuter plural adjectival suffix meaning (things) relating to}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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