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.

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    -ae occasional plural suffix of words ending in -a, most of which, in eng., are from l. nom. fem. sing. nouns, which in l. form their plurals in -ae. but plurals in -s were established early in eng. for many of them (e.g. idea, arena) and many have crossed over since. it is now impossible […]

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