Ism meaning

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A distinctive doctrine, system, or theory.
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Distinctive or characteristic trait.

Latinism.

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A doctrine, theory, system, etc., esp. one whose name ends in -ism.
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Action, conduct, or qualities characteristic of.

Patriotism.

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Action; process; practice.

Terrorism.

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Characteristic behavior or quality.

Heroism.

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The act, practice, or result of.

Terrorism.

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The condition or state of being.

Pauperism.

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The doctrine, school, theory, or principle of.

Cubism, socialism.

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Devotion to.

Nationalism.

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An instance, example, or peculiarity of.

Gallicism, witticism.

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Belief, attitudes, actions, or conduct characterized by prejudice or bigotry related to.

Ageism, classism, sexism.

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Radio frequency (RF) bands in the 902
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A belief that can be described by a word ending in -ism.
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Specifically, a form of discrimination, such as racism or sexism.
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Abbreviation of Imperial Service Medal.
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Abbreviation of Institute for Supply Management.
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(astronomy) Abbreviation of interstellar medium.
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(sciences, medicine) Initialism of Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.
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(religion) Initialism of Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement.
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An abnormal condition caused by.

Alcoholism.

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Origin of ism

  • ME -isme < OFr & L -isma (< Gr) & -ismus (< Gr -ismos): orig. suffix of action or of state, forming nouns from verbs in L -izare, Gr -izein

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English -isme from Old French from Latin -ismus from Greek -ismos n. suff.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From –ism

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From suffix -ism (“belief”), particularly (in the 19th century) in the sense of “social movement”. Compare phobia, from -phobia, sophy, from -sophy, itis, from -itis, and ana, from -ana.

    From Wiktionary