of quality, state, office, etc., many of which
or nouns or adjectives in -ate: fallacy; papacy; legacy; delicacy; piracy.
< Latin -ācia, -ātia
(spelling interchangeably in Medieval Latin,
reflecting the Rom merger of the forms); these are in turn complexes of -āc-
and -āt- -ate1
+ -ia -y3
. Compare -cracy