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a suffix of nouns, often corresponding to verbs ending in -ize or nouns ending in -ism, that denote a person who practices or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.: apologist; dramatist; machinist; novelist; realist; socialist; Thomist.
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Origin of -ist
Middle English -iste<Latin -ista<Greek -istēs; in some words, representing French -iste,German -ist,Italian -ista, etc., ≪ Latin <Greek, as above
Words nearby -ist
issue par, issue price, issuing house, Issus, Issyk-Kul, -ist, -ista, Istambuli, istana, Istanbul, Isth.
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How to use -ist in a sentence
Anyone who identifies as an ‘ist’ is going to be hypersensitive about some topics.Louis C.K. on Daniel Tosh’s Rape Joke: Are Comedy and Feminism Enemies?|Jennifer L. Pozner|July 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In fact, he needs the most fundamentals-ist election of all time.Mitt Romney’s Tough Sell: Blaming a Worsening Economy on Obama|Michael Tomasky|April 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The A-List chef as the star, with the A-ist customer and the A-ist owner in supporting roles.De Niro and the Celebrity Restaurant Curse|Randall Lane|June 24, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Weder sicher noch gerathen ist, etwas wider Gewissen zu thun.
Weise sein ist nicht allzeit gut—It is not always good to be wise.
Wer der Vorderste ist, fhrt die Herde—The foremost leads the herd.
Wo viel zu wagen ist, ist viel zu wgen—Where 15 there is much to risk, there is much to consider.
Wo viel Licht ist, ist starker Schatten—The shadow is deeper where the light is strong.
British Dictionary definitions for -ist
(forming nouns) a person who performs a certain action or is concerned with something specifiedmotorist; soloist
(forming nouns) a person who practises in a specific fieldphysicist; typist
(forming nouns and adjectives) a person who advocates a particular doctrine, system, etc, or relating to such a person or the doctrine advocatedsocialist
(forming nouns and adjectives) a person characterized by a specified trait, tendency, etc, or relating to such a person or traitpurist
(forming nouns and adjectives) a person who is prejudiced on the basis specifiedsexist; ageist
Word Origin for -ist
via Old French from Latin -ista, -istēs, from Greek -istēs
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