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English definition of “-ism”

-ism

suffix     /-ɪ.zəm/
used to form nouns that refer to social , political , or religious beliefs , studies , or ways of behaving : sexism feminism Buddhism Morphology and parts of words an example of typical behaviour : That expression was a real Taylor-ism (= an example of behaving or speaking like Taylor).Behaving, interacting and behaviour
(Definition of -ism suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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