ism definition

  • noun:
    • Informal A Unique doctrine, system, or concept: "Formalism, when you are an 'ism,' kills form by hugging it to demise” ( Peter Viereck).
    • A belief that can be explained by a word ending in -ism.
    • Specifically, a form of discrimination, eg racism or sexism.
    • A doctrine or principle; especially, a wild or visionary theory.
    • A doctrine, concept, system, or practice having an exceptional personality or relation: mainly utilized in disparagement: as, this is actually the age isms; to setup an ism.
    • A suffix implying the practice, system, doctrine, theory, principle, or abstract idea of that which is signified or implied by the word to which it is subjoined: as, dogmatism, spiritualism, socialism, Atticism, Americanism, Gallicism, terrorism, vandalism, republicanism, Mormonism, being especially common in nouns so formed from names of persons and designating theories, as Benthamism, Comtism, Darwinism, etc., or theories associated with practice, especially in words of temporary use, as Cæsarism, Jacksonism, Grantism, etc., such temporary words being formed as occasion requires, in unlimited numbers. Such words are usually accompanied by a noun of the agent in -ist, and an adj. in -istic, and often by a verb in -ize. See these suffixes.
    • a belief (or system of beliefs) acknowledged as respected by some group or college

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