-ory

-ory

1
an adjective-forming suffix, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory1, (and its alternant -sory ): excretory; sensory; statutory .

Origin:
Middle English -orie < Anglo-French; Old French -oire < Latin -ōrius, extracted from -tōrius -tory1; see -or2

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-ory

2
a suffix forming nouns denoting places or receptacles, joined to bases of Latin origin in imitation of borrowed Latin words containing the suffix -tory2, (or its alternant -sory ): crematory .

Origin:
Middle English -orie < Anglo-French; Old French -oire < Latin -ōrium, extracted from -tōrium -tory2; see -ory1, -or2

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-ory1
 
suffix forming nouns
1.  indicating a place for: observatory
2.  something having a specified use: directory
 
[via Old French -orie, from Latin -ōrium, -ōria]

-ory2
 
suffix forming adjectives
of or relating to; characterized by; having the effect of: contributory; promissory
 
[via Old French -orie, from Latin -ōrius]

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