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a suffix of adjectives (and in the plural, of nouns from adjectives) formed from nouns ending in -ist and having reference to such nouns, or to associated nouns ending in -ism (deistic; euphuistic; puristic). In nouns, it usually has a plural form (linguistics).
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Origin of -istic
<Latin -isticus<Greek -istikos; in some words, replacing -istique<French <Latin, as above
Words nearby -istic
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Example sentences from the Web for -istic
Mihi istic nec seritur nec metitur—There is neither sowing nor reaping in that affair for my benefit.
Spalatinus scribit tantum favoris Evangelio esse istic, ut me inauditum et inconvictum damnari non speret.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
British Dictionary definitions for -istic
suffix forming adjectives
equivalent to a combination of -ist and -ic but in some words having a less specific or literal application and sometimes a mildly pejorative force, as compared with corresponding adjectives ending in -istcommunistic; impressionistic
Word Origin for -istic
from Latin -isticus, from Greek istikos
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