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.
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Origin of -sophy
< Greek -sophia, combining form of sophía skill, wisdom; see -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -sophy
n combining form
indicating knowledge or an intellectual systemphilosophy; theosophy
Derived forms of -sophy-sophic or -sophical, adj combining form
Word Origin for -sophy
from Greek -sophia, from sophia wisdom, from sophos wise
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