Definition of ism
- we all have got to come to grips with our isms
- —Joycelyn Elders
Cubism, Impressionism, and other artistic isms.
ageism, racism, sexism, and all the other familiar isms
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First Known Use: 1680See Words from the same year
: a belief, attitude, style, etc., that is referred to by a word that ends in the suffix -ism
: the act, practice, or process of doing something
: behavior like that of a specified kind of person or thing
: unfair treatment of a group of people who have a particular quality
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