Archy

[ahr-chee]

-archy

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

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
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for archy

-archy

word-forming element meaning "rule," from Latin -archia, from Greek -arkhia "rule," from arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).

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