a suffix of nouns of quality, state, office, etc., many of which accompany adjectives in -acious or nouns or adjectives in -ate: fallacy; papacy; legacy; delicacy; piracy.
[ < L -acia, -atia (sp. interchangeably in ML, reflecting the Rom merger of the forms); these are in turn complexes of -ac- and -at- -ATE1 + -ia -Y3. Compare -CRACY]

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Universalium. 2010.

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