What does -ism mean?

-ism in AZ Dictionary

(s) activity; procedure; training: terrorism.
(s) Characteristic behavior or quality: heroism.
(s) State; condition; quality: pauperism.
A suffix suggesting an act, an ongoing process, caused by an act or a process, a situation; additionally, a characteristic (as a theory, doctrine, idiom, etc.).

-ism in Community Dictionary

an individual who does a unique certain thing a great deal, that they are today notorious for this. These are generally typically referred as a "their name"-ism. by Danae VanallenReport definition

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    • -ist, -istic
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