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ism

noun \ˈi-zəm\

: a belief, attitude, style, etc., that is referred to by a word that ends in the suffix -ism

Full Definition of ISM

1
:  a distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory
2
:  an oppressive and especially discriminatory attitude or belief <we all have got to come to grips with our isms — Joycelyn Elders>

Examples of ISM

  1. Cubism, Impressionism, and other artistic isms.
  2. ageism, racism, sexism, and all the other familiar isms

Origin of ISM

-ism
First Known Use: 1680

Rhymes with ISM

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grossly irreverent
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