-acy, -cy

(Latin: suffix; state, quality, condition, or act of; forming nouns)

obduracy (s) (noun), obduracies (pl)
Stubbornness and not doing something the way another person wants it to be done: Trisha's obduracy about being home by a specific time after the dance angered her parents.
obstinacy (s) (noun), obstinacies (pl)
1. The condition of stubbornness and persistence: Little Tony really adhered to his obstinacy in that he had his own opinion about having ice cream before his vegetables and was quite determined and cried loudly in the restaurant!
2. The state of being problematic to remedy, to subdue, or to relieve: The obstinacy of her terrible cough took many weeks to get over!
ochlocracy (s) (noun), ochlocracies (pl)
Government by the mob: mobocracy; mob rule: In the story Natasha was reading, the multitude of common people decided to take over the dominance of the country and turn it into an ochlocracy.
pharmacy (s) (noun), pharmacies (pl)
1. The art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs: The technique of making medicine and dispensing it is part of the skills needed in pharmacy.
2. The branch of the health sciences dealing with the preparation, dispensing, and proper utilization of drugs: In one division or part of pharmacy, medicines are prepared, preserved, and compounded and are dispensed in agreement with the prescriptions by medical doctors.
3. A place where drugs are sold: A pharmacy can be a shop, for example in a drugstore or in a hospital, where medicine is for sale, and which is sometimes called an "apothecary".
polycracy (s) (noun) (no pl)
A government of many rulers; polyarchy: A polycracy is a form of ruling in which the power is in the hands of a multiple number of people.

A polycracy is not considered to be a dictatorship or a democracy.

populacy (s) (noun), populacies (pl)
The populace or common people: The populacy of an outstanding number of countries throughout the world are always all very interested in watching the Olympic Games on television
primacy (s) (noun), primacies (pl)
1. The state of leadership, dominance, or priority among considerations: The primacy of the automobile over horse and buggy conveyances was initially questioned, but it soon became an accepted fact.
2. A condition of being the most important or the strongest: It is now obvious that civil laws have taken primacy over religious laws.

Shirley has established primacy in her occupation as a computer expert.

privacy (s) (noun), privacies (pl)
1. Seclusion or isolation from the view of, or from contact with, others: Jane wanted her sister to stay out of her bedroom so that she could have her privacy.
2. The freedom from unwished for or undue disturbance in one's life: Since the Lawson family lived in a little village where everyone knew everyone else, it was difficult to protect their privacy from the other people living there.

Some people think there should be laws to limit the magazines' or newspapers' liberty to intrude into the privacy of the lives of individuals.

prolificacy (s) (noun), prolificacies (pl)
1.The abundant production and sustainment of growth; fertile: Oleander bushes develop the best in warm or hot weather and need plenty of water to produce a prolificacy in perpetual flowering and luxuriant foliage.
2.The output of a large number of literary or artistic works: John Grisham is known for his prolificacy in writing novels, legal and crime thrillers which are printed in 42 languages and are read by people all over the world.
supremacy (s) (noun), supremacies (pl)
1. The quality or condition of being supreme or having the power to dominate or to defeat: Sad to say, but there is at least one country that wants to attain supremacy over other countries in the world.
2. Supreme power or authority or a position of superiority or authority over all others: Too many people believe in white supremacy, and in having favorable advantages over others who are not "white".
technocracy (s) (noun), technocracies (pl)
1. The control of society or industry by technical experts; a ruling body of such experts: Technocracy is a social system in which scientists, engineers, and technicians have high social standing and political power.
2. A doctrine that advocates the enlistment of a bureaucracy of highly trained engineers, scientists, or technicians to run the government and society: In Sam's philosophy class, technocracy was explained as being a hypothetical type of government in which professional scientists in power were to solve social problems with their expertise.

No nation has yet been governed as a technocracy, and the concept has been criticized as excessively materialistic and inadequately attuned to social, psychological, and artistic considerations.

—J. N. Hook, The Grand Panjandrum & 1,999 Other Rare, Useful,
and Delightful Words and Expressions.

Technocracy historically was a school of thought originating in the United States in the 1930s, arguing that the nation could be rescued from the Great Depression if politicians were replaced by scientists and engineers having the technical expertise to manage the nation's economy and natural resources.

Technocracy used growth and decline curves to predict a wide range of societal trends.

Dictionary of Energy; published by Elsevier;
Oxford, U.K.; 2006; page 437.
teleocracy (s) (noun), teleocracies (pl)
An organization existing for a specific purpose: Teleocracy is a type of government or system designed to fulfil a certain aim with the intent in solving the current social problem or issue.
theodemocracy (s) (noun), theodemocracies (pl)
A political system under divine, or religious, administration or rule: Theodemocracy was put forward or proposed by Joseph Smith, who was the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.

Smith coined the term when he was running for President of the U.S. in 1844.

ultimacy (s) (noun), ultimacies (pl)
The quality or state of reaching the maximum of something: Ultimqacy can refer to the final or most extreme in size, time, degree, or distance.

Mrs. Thompson was experiencing the ultimacy in sorrow and despair after losing her husband, children, house, and all of her belongings in the terrible war.

xenocracy (s) (noun), xenocracies (pl)
A ruling body of foreigners: In the story, Naomi read about a group of people from different nations arriving at an island by boat and who thought that they needed to set up some kind of government called xenocracy in which one person was chosen from each nation to establish the guidelines they needed for living in peace with each other.