Definition of -ism in English:

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-ism

suffix

Forming nouns:
1Denoting an action or its result: baptism exorcism
1.1Denoting a state or quality: barbarism
2Denoting a system, principle, or ideological movement: Anglicanism feminism hedonism
2.1Denoting a basis for prejudice or discrimination: racism
3Denoting a peculiarity in language: colloquialism Canadianism
4Denoting a pathological condition: alcoholism

Origin

From French -isme, via Latin from Greek -ismos, -isma.

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Syllabification: -ism

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