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[iz-uh m] /ˈɪz əm/
a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice:
This is the age of isms.
Origin of ism
extracted from words with the suffix -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I mean in contradiction to Arminianism, and all the isms that were ever broached in this world of ignorance and error.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • Alas, compared with any of the isms current in these poor days, what a thing!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • All science has some truth; all creeds, sects, isms and cults likewise have truth, but no branch or group possesses all truth.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • All the mutually contradictory 'isms' unite in a higher synthesis.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • Who are attracted by Swedenborgianism and some of the other fine and delicate 'isms?'

  • There were no high up "isms" or "ologies" for girls in those days.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She used to have a sort of salon for long-haired scientists and exponents of all sorts of "isms."

    A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker
  • After wearying the readers on this and numerous other 'isms,' it was discontinued.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • Think twice before forcing your isms and ologies upon the child; his own desires will be your best curriculum.

  • I warn you against the danger of becoming addicted to fads and isms.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for isms


(informal, often derogatory) an unspecified doctrine, system, or practice


interstellar medium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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