noun hy·phen·ism \ˈhīfəˌnizəm\

Definition of hyphenism



  1. :  the quality or state of being a hyphenate :  the conduct that marks or is ascribed to hyphenates hyphenism in the United States is almost extinct — E. A. Mowrer

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Origin and Etymology of hyphenism

1hyphen + -ism; from the use of hyphenated words (as German-American, Irish-American) to designate foreign-born citizens of the U.S.

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capable of being understood in two ways

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