Ist is defined as involved in a particularly field or having a certain interest or belief.
An example of ist used as a suffix is in the word druggist, a person with an interest in drugs and medications.
- a person who does, makes, or practices (the thing specified): many words so formed correspond to verbs ending in -ize or nouns ending in -ism: moralist, satirist
- a person skilled in or occupied with; an expert in: druggist, violinist
- an adherent of or believer in: anarchist
- a person having or displaying prejudice related to: ageist
Origin of -istMiddle English -iste ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin -ista ; from Classical Greek -ist?s ; from verbs ending in -izein
forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -ism or -ist: Darwinist, escapist, ageist
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- a. One that performs a specified action: lobbyist.b. One that produces, makes, operates, plays, or is connected with a specified thing: novelist.
- A specialist in a specified art, science, or skill: biologist.
- An adherent or advocate of a specified doctrine, theory, or school of thought: anarchist.
- One that is characterized by a specified trait or quality: romanticist.
Origin of -istMiddle English -iste, from Old French, from Latin -ist&emacron;s, -ista, from Greek -ist&emacron;s, agent n. suff.
- Added to words to form nouns denoting:
- a person with a particular creative or academic role;
- one who proscribes to a particular theological doctrine or religious denomination;
- one who owns or manages something;
- one who has a certain political tendency;
- a person who holds bigoted, partial views.