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-ast

1.
a suffix of nouns that denote a person who practices or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.: enthusiast; ecdysiast;
gymnast.
Origin of -ast
a variant of -ist after the vowel i; from Greek -astēs
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Word Origin and History for -ast

agential suffix, cognate with -ist, from French -ast, from Latin -asta, from Greek -astes.

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