Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Disease; pathological or abnormal condition: anoxia.
  • suffix Territory; country: Australia.
  • suffix Things derived from, relating to, or belonging to: personalia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Used in forming names of countries, diseases, flowers, and rarely collections of things (such as militaria, deletia).
  • suffix Used in forming plurals of nouns in -ium and -ion.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Latin -ia and Greek -iā, n. suff.
Latin, neuter pl. of -ius, Greek, neuter pl. of -ios, n. and adj. suffixes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin -ia and Ancient Greek -ία, -εια (-ia), which form abstract nouns of feminine gender. (Wiktionary)
From the endings of corresponding Latin and Ancient Greek plural nouns. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ending -ia would indicate Ya, short for YHWH or Yaweh, the other biblical name for God, generally translated "Lord."

    Roger Isaacs: Passover In Egypt: Did The Exodus Really Happen?

  • The name tags had been specially prepared: a blank space for your name on the first line, the printed words A Person With on the second, and on the bottom line you were supposed to print the name of your phobia, using the -ia suffix, not the -ic.

    Fear Itself

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