Origin of IST
Middle English -iste from Old French from Latin -istēs, -ista from Greek -istēs agent n. suff
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French -iste and Latin -ista, from Ancient Greek -ιστής (istēs).
ME -iste < OFr < L -ista < Gr -istēs < verbs ending in -izein
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
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