Definition of -ist in English:

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-ist

Pronunciation: /əst/ /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 Buddhist See -ism (sense 2).
1.1Denoting a person who subscribes to a prejudice or practices discrimination: sexist
2Denoting a member of a profession or business activity: dentist dramatist florist
2.1Denoting a person who uses a thing: flutist 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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Syllabification: -ist

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