-ship

-ship [ship]
[ME < OE -scipe (akin to Ger -schaft, Du -scap) < base of scieppan, to create: see SHAPE] a suffix forming nouns
1. the quality, condition, or state of being [hardship, friendship]
2.
a) the rank or office of [professorship]
b) a person having the rank or status of [lordship]
3. ability or skill as [statesmanship]
4. all individuals (of the specified class) collectively [readership]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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