Definitions for: Ism


[n] a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school



Webster (1913) Definition: -ism [F. -isme, or L. -ismus, Gr. ?.]
A suffix indicating an act, a process, the result of an act
or a process, a state; also, a characteristic (as a theory,
doctrine, idiom, etc.); as, baptism, galvanism, organism,
hypnotism, socialism, sensualism, Anglicism.


Ism, n. [See ism, above.]
A doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory.
--E. Everett.

The world grew light-headed, and forth came a spawn of
isms which no man can number. --S. G.
Goodrich.

Synonyms: doctrine, philosophy, school of thought

See Also: abolitionism, absolutism, amoralism, animalism, animism, belief, church doctrine, creationism, credo, creed, democracy, dogma, dualism, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, egalitarianism, epicureanism, equalitarianism, expansionism, feminism, formalism, freethinking, functionalism, gospel, gymnosophy, humanism, humanitarianism, imitation, individualism, internationalism, irredentism, irridentism, laissez faire, literalism, majority rule, monism, multiculturalism, nationalism, nihilism, pacifism, passivism, phenomenology, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, pluralism, populism, precept, rationalism, reincarnationism, religious doctrine, secessionism, secularism, states' rights, teaching, theological doctrine, unilateralism, utilitarianism

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