What does -ism mean?

-ism meaning in Etymology Dictionary

suffix developing nouns of activity, condition, problem, doctrine, from French -isme or right from Latin -isma, -ismus, from Greek -isma, from stem of verbs in -izein. Used as an unbiased word, chiefly disparagingly, from 1670s.


-ism meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix suggesting an act, an activity, the consequence of an act or an ongoing process, a situation; additionally, a characteristic (as a theory, doctrine, idiom, etc.); as, baptism, galvanism, organism, hypnotism, socialism, sensualism, Anglicism.


-ism meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix indicating an act, a process, the consequence of an act or a process, circumstances; also, a characteristic (as a theory, doctrine, idiom, etc.); because, baptism, galvanism, organism, hypnotism, socialism, sensualism, Anglicism.