- a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek (philosophy; theosophy); on this model used, with the meaning “science of,” in the formation of compound words: anthroposophy.
Origin of -sophy
< Greek -sophia, combining form of sophía skill, wisdom; see -y3
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- indicating knowledge or an intellectual systemphilosophy; theosophy
from Greek -sophia, from sophia wisdom, from sophos wise
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Word Origin and History for -sophy
word-forming element meaning "knowledge," from Old French -sophie, from Latin -sophia, from Greek -sophia, from sophia "skill, wisdom, knowledge" (see Sophia).
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