a suffix found on abstract nouns borrowed from Latin, usu. denoting a status, role, or function (matrimony; testimony), or a personal quality or kind of behavior (acrimony; sanctimony).
[< Latin -mōnium,-mōnia, presumably orig. ders. with -ium -ium1, -ia -ia of -mōn-, an adj. or n. suffix, c. Greek -mōn (see hegemony); compare alimony]
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