a combining form meaning “fighting,” used in the formation of compound words: logomachy.

Origin of -machy

< Greek -machia, equivalent to mách(ē) battle + -ia -y3
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Word Origin and History for -machy


word-forming element meaning "battle, war, contest," from Greek -makhia, from makhe "battle, fight," related to makhesthai "to fight," from PIE root *magh- (2) "to fight."

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