Definition of -ist in English:


Syllabification: -ist
Pronunciation: /əst, ist


[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


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

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