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.

Nearby words

  1. -sk,
  2. -sol,
  3. -soma,
  4. -some,
  5. -something,
  6. -speak,
  7. -sperm,
  8. -spermal,
  9. -spermic,
  10. -spermous

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-sophic or -sophical, adj combining form

Word Origin for -sophy

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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