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[soh-fee, sof-ee]
noun, plural So·phies. (sometimes lowercase)
  1. any of the Safavid rulers of Persia: used as a title.
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Also Sophi.

Origin of Sophy

1530–40; probably < Turkish sofi < Persian ṣūfī sufi, by association with Safawī the safavid dynasty


  1. 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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noun plural -phies
  1. (formerly) a title of the Persian monarchs
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin sophī wise men, from Greek sophos wise


n combining form
  1. indicating knowledge or an intellectual systemphilosophy; theosophy
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Derived Forms-sophic or -sophical, adj combining form

Word Origin

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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