Spelling ce, ci and cy words - the soft c sound

Before the vowels e, i and y, the sound /s/ can be spelled with the letter c:

Help spelling English words with soft sound c Help spelling English words with soft sound c Help spelling English words with soft sound c
ce as in celebrate ci as in city cy as in cycle
cell*
cease
ceiling
celery
central
cent*
celebrity
cellar*
cement
cemetery
century
centipede
census
ceramic
cereal
ceremony
certain
certificate
centre
(US center)
centimetre
(US centimeter)

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cancel
concern
decent
recent
innocent
grocer
process
parcel
princess
concentrate
December
magnificent
cider
cigar
cigarette
cinema
cinnamon
cipher
circle
circular
circulate
circus
citizen
citrus
civil
civilian
civilise
(US civilize)
civilisation
(US civilization)

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decide
decimal
electricity
exercise
incident
medicine
pencil
precise
precinct
rancid
recipe
recite
specific
specimen
society
participate
atrocity
velocity
association

cyanide
cyclone
cygnet*
cylinder
cynic
Cyprus*
cypress*

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emergency
fancy
mercy
policy
agent > agency
decent > decency
private > privacy
pregnant > pregnancy
urgent > urgency
accurate > accuracy
efficient > efficiency

Notes:
1. Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 12
2. Words beginning with ac, suc, exc and sc are on page 7

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