[iz-uh m] /ˈɪz əm/ noun 1. a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice: This is the age of isms. 1. a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, […]
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[is-mee-uh l, -mey-] /ˈɪs mi əl, -meɪ-/ noun, Douay Bible. 1. (def 1).
[is-mey-il-ee-uh n] /ˌɪs meɪˈɪl i ən/ noun, Islam. 1. a member of the Ismaʿiliya sect. /ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ/ noun (Islam) 1. a Shiah sect whose adherents believe that Ismail, son of the sixth imam, was the rightful seventh imam 2. Also called Ismailian (ˌɪzmɑːɪˈliːən), (pl) -lis. a member of this sect