-archy(word root) rule, government
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Rule; government: oligarchy.
[From words such as (mon)archy.]
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n combining form
government; rule: anarchy; monarchy.
[from Greek -arkhia; see -arch]
-archic adj combining form
-archist n combining form
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a combining form meaning “rule,” “government,” forming abstract nouns usu. corresponding to personal nouns ending in -arch: monarchy; oligarchy.
[Middle English -archie < Latin -archia < Greek]
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