-archy


a combining form meaning “rule,” “government,” forming abstract nouns usually corresponding to personal nouns ending in -arch: monarchy; oligarchy.

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Origin of -archy

Middle English -archie < Latin -archia < Greek, equivalent to arch(os) or -arch(ēs) -arch + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -archy

-archy


n combining form

government; ruleanarchy; monarchy

Derived Forms

-archic, adj combining form-archist, n combining form

Word Origin for -archy

from Greek -arkhia; see -arch
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