-archy


-archy
a combining form meaning "rule," "government," forming abstract nouns usually corresponding to personal nouns ending in -arch: monarchy; oligarchy.
[ME -archie < L -archia < Gk, equiv. to arch(os) or -arch(es) -ARCH + -ia -Y3]

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-archy /-är'ki or -ər'ki/
combining form
Denoting government of a particular type, as in oligarchy, monarchy
ORIGIN: Gr archē rule

Useful english dictionary. 2012.