-ism

-ism SUFFIX forming nouns: 1) denoting an action or its result: baptism. 2) denoting a state or quality: barbarism. 3) denoting a system, principle, or ideological movement: Anglicanism. 4) denoting a basis for prejudice or discrimination: racism. 5) denoting a peculiarity in language: colloquialism. 6) denoting a pathological condition: alcoholism.
ORIGIN Greek -ismos.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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