Definitions for ISMˈɪz əm
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
doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism(noun)
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
A belief that can be described by a word ending in -ism.
Specifically, a form of discrimination, such as racism or sexism.
Origin: From suffix -ism, 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.
a doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory
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