Definitions for ISMˈɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ismˈɪz əm(n.)

  1. a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice:

    capitalism, socialism, and other isms.

Origin of ism:

< -ism

-ism

  1. 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.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -ist , -ize.

Origin of -ism:

< Gk -ismos, -isma

Princeton's WordNet

  1. doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism(noun)

    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

Wiktionary

  1. ism(Noun)

    A belief that can be described by a word ending in -ism.

  2. ism(Noun)

    Specifically, a form of discrimination, such as racism or sexism.

  3. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ism(noun)

    a doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory

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