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.

Words nearby -sophy

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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