Meaning of -CY in English


~ replaces ‘-te’, ‘-t’, and ‘-tic’ at the end of some adjectives to form nouns referring to the state or quality described by the adjective.

...the emotional intimacy of a family...

They were sworn to secrecy.



~ is added to some nouns referring to people with a particular rank or post in order to form nouns that refer to this rank or post.

He is likely to retain the England captaincy.

...the university chaplaincy.


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