: a distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory
: an oppressive and especially discriminatory attitude or belief <we all have got to come to grips with our isms — Joycelyn Elders>
Examples of ISM
- Cubism, Impressionism, and other artistic isms.
- ageism, racism, sexism, and all the other familiar isms
Origin of ISM
First Known Use: 1680
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