Definition of -ist in English:

-ist

suffix

  • Forming personal nouns and some related adjectives:
  • 1Denoting an adherent of a system of beliefs, principles, etc. expressed by nouns ending in -ism: hedonist Calvinist See -ism ( sense 2).
  • 1.1Denoting a person who subscribes to a prejudice or practises discrimination: sexist
  • 2Denoting a member of a profession or business activity: dentist dramatist florist
  • 2.1Denoting a person who uses a thing: flautist motorist
  • 2.2Denoting a person who does something expressed by a verb ending in -ize: plagiarist

Origin

from Old French -iste, Latin -ista, from Greek -istēs.

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