Definitions for -ism
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word -ism
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice:
capitalism, socialism, and other isms.
Origin of ism:
a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc.: Darwinism; despotism; plagiarism; realism; witticism.
Ref: Compare -ist , -ize.
Origin of -ism:
< Gk -ismos, -isma
forming nouns on action or process or result based on the accompanying verb in -ize
forming the name of a system, school of thought or theory based on the name of its subject or object or alternatively on the name of its founder ().
Origin: Ultimately from either , a suffix that forms abstract nouns of action, state, condition, doctrine; from stem of verbs in (whence English -ize), or from the related suffix , which more specifically expressed a finished act or thing done.
a suffix indicating an act, a process, the result of an act or a process, a state; also, a characteristic (as a theory, doctrine, idiom, etc.); as, baptism, galvanism, organism, hypnotism, socialism, sensualism, Anglicism
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