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ism

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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ismis‧m /ˈΙͺzΙ™m/ noun [countable] informal πŸ”Š πŸ”Š PPPBELIEVEused to describe a set of ideas or beliefs whose name ends in β€˜ism’, especially when you think that they are not sensible or practical
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ismβ€’ You know where you are with an ism.β€’ Of course one can not reject Darw $ ism just because it has unpleasant social consequences.β€’ No ism held him in its grip.β€’ The organ ism is the cause and effect of itself, its own intrinsic order and organization.β€’ History is full of such isms, and we have hardly seen the last of them.
-ism-ism /ΙͺzΙ™m/ suffix [in nouns] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 PPPRRa political belief or religion based on a particular principle or the ideas and beliefs of a particular person πŸ”Š socialism πŸ”Š Buddhism2 DO something/TAKE ACTIONthe action or process of doing something πŸ”Š his criticism of my work3 DO something/TAKE ACTIONan action or remark that has a particular quality πŸ”Š her witticisms (=funny remarks)4 BEthe state of being like something or someone, or having a particular quality πŸ”Š heroism (=being a hero; bravery) πŸ”Š magnetism (=being magnetic)5 MIillness caused by too much of something πŸ”Š alcoholism6 UNFAIRthe practice of treating people unfairly because of something πŸ”Š sexism (=making unfair differences between men and women) πŸ”Š racism
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-ismβ€’ classismβ€’ cubismβ€’ Darwinismβ€’ witticisms
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