-ism

[[t]-ɪzəm[/t]]
-isms
1) SUFFIX -ism is used to form uncount nouns that refer to political or religious movements and beliefs.

Buddhism has declined in both India and China.

...a time of growing Slovak nationalism.

2) SUFFIX -ism is used to form uncount nouns that refer to attitudes and behaviour.

...an act of heroism...

He didn't hide his pacifism.

3) SUFFIX -ism is used to form uncount nouns that refer to unfair or hostile treatment of a particular group of people.

...discrimination based on racism, sexism and disability...

Many women feel ageism is obstructing their career ambitions.


English dictionary. 2008.

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