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 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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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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