[iz-uh m] /ˈɪz əm/
a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice:
This is the age of isms.
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, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc. (criticism; barbarism; Darwinism; despotism; plagiarism; realism; witticism; intellectualism).
(informal, often derogatory) an unspecified doctrine, system, or practice
indicating an action, process, or result: criticism, terrorism
indicating a state or condition: paganism
indicating a doctrine, system, or body of principles and practices: Leninism, spiritualism
indicating behaviour or a characteristic quality: heroism
indicating a characteristic usage, esp of a language: colloquialism, Scotticism
indicating prejudice on the basis specified: sexism, ageism
suffix forming nouns of action, state, condition, doctrine, from French -isme or directly from Latin -isma, -ismus, from Greek -isma, from stem of verbs in -izein. Used as an independent word, chiefly disparagingly, from 1670s.
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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
[is-mey-uh-lee-uh, -mahy-uh-] /ˌɪs meɪ əˈli ə, -maɪ ə-/ noun 1. a city and seaport at the midpoint of the Suez Canal, in NE Egypt. /ˌɪzmaɪˈlɪə/ noun 1. a city in NE Egypt, on the Suez Canal: founded in 1863 by the former Suez Canal Company; devastated by Israeli troops in the October War (1973). Pop: […]