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Definition of -ISM
What does -ISM mean?
- 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 ([sense, when de-capitalized, these overlap with the generic "terms for doctrines" sense below, e.g. Liberalism vs. liberalism]).
- the action, conduct or condition of a class of persons, "behaving like a ---" ([sense, with overtones of the "terms for doctrines" sense below])
- class-names or descriptive terms for doctrines or principles in general
- a peculiarity or characteristic of language
- an ideology expressing belief in the superiority of a certain class within the concept expressed by the root word ([sense, based on a late 20th-century narrowing of the "terms for a doctrine" sense])
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Quotes about -ISM
I wanted the press to become something of a movement. Not a movement committed to a particular ""ism,"" but a gathering together of writers with an aesthetic approach to literature and with a lust for excellence. (John Metcalf)
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