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ism

[iz-uh m] /ˈɪz əm/
noun
1.
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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  • You forget I'm a bundle of 'isms,' and in practice one can only be true to one at a time.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • All the mutually contradictory 'isms' unite in a higher synthesis.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Odd religious sects and strange "isms" were to be found in the back-country.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • 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
  • His taste drew him to the Church, so did a love of opposition to current 'isms.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Alas, compared with any of the isms current in these poor days, what a thing!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • This stuffed rump of mine saves not me only from rheumatism, but you also from what other isms!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • I warn you against the danger of becoming addicted to fads and isms.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
  • Of all the isms of the day altruism is far the noblest and most promising.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for isms

ism

/ˈɪzəm/
noun
1.
(informal, often derogatory) an unspecified doctrine, system, or practice

ISM

abbreviation
1.
interstellar medium
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