- a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice: This is the age of isms.
Origin of ism
extracted from words with the suffix -ism
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Examples from the Web for isms
You forget I'm a bundle of 'isms,' and in practice one can only be true to one at a time.
All the mutually contradictory 'isms' unite in a higher synthesis.
Odd religious sects and strange "isms" were to be found in the back-country.Union and Democracy
There were no high up "isms" or "ologies" for girls in those days.A Little Girl in Old Salem
Amanda Minnie Douglas
After wearying the readers on this and numerous other 'isms,' it was discontinued.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
- informal, often derogatory an unspecified doctrine, system, or practice
- interstellar medium
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