a combination of -ance and -y3, used to form nouns denoting state or quality: brilliancy.

Nearby words

  1. -amide,
  2. -amine,
  3. -an,
  4. -ana,
  5. -ance,
  6. -and,
  7. -androus,
  8. -andry,
  9. -ane,
  10. -ant

Origin of -ancy

< Latin -antia, equivalent to -ant- -ant (-ā- thematic vowel + -nt- present participle suffix) + -ia -y3

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British Dictionary definitions for -ancy


suffix forming nouns

a variant of -ance, used to indicate condition or qualityexpectancy; poignancy; malignancy
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Word Origin and History for -ancy


word-forming element denoting quality or state, from Latin -antia, forming abstract nouns on pp. adjectives in -antem, appearing in English mostly in words borrowed directly from Latin (those passing through French usually have -ance or -ence; see -ance).

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