noun• informal , chiefly • derogatory
- A distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement: of all the isms, fascism is the most repressiveMore example sentences
- Some politicos cling to venal isms that stunt their own thinking and the growth of the nation, and delay the maturing of its democracy.
- Ideology was foreign, and impressive-sounding, and was to generate many books with chapters recounting the arguments of the various isms of which political debate is composed.
- What are tools, and what is the nature of their inherence in specific ideologies, isms, and worldviews?
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- Send some invitations to Libertarians, socialists, centrists; whatever ians and ists there are.
- The program lets biologists, geologists, and other ists imagine earth 5 million, 100 million, and 200 million years from now.
- These followers, the ians, ists, etc. of their chosen Religion are exactly that; a category, a denomination.
late 17th century: independent usage of -ism.
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