[soh-fee, sof-ee]
noun, plural Sophies. (sometimes lowercase)
any of the Safavid rulers of Persia: used as a title.
Also, Sophi.

1530–40; probably < Turkish sofi < Persian ṣūfī sufi, by association with Safawī the safavid dynasty Unabridged


a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek (philosophy; theosophy ); on this model used, with the meaning “science of,” in the formation of compound words: anthroposophy.

< Greek -sophia, combining form of sophía skill, wisdom; see -y3 Unabridged
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Sophy or Sophi (ˈsəʊfɪ)
n , pl -phies
(formerly) a title of the Persian monarchs
[C16: from Latin sophī wise men, from Greek sophos wise]
Sophi or Sophi
[C16: from Latin sophī wise men, from Greek sophos wise]

n combining form
indicating knowledge or an intellectual system: philosophy; theosophy
[from Greek -sophia, from sophia wisdom, from sophos wise]
adj combining form
adj combining form

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suffix meaning "knowledge," from O.Fr. -sophie, from L. -sophia, from Gk. -sophia, from sophia "skill, wisdom, knowledge," of unknown origin.
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