[iz-uh m]

Origin of ism

extracted from words with the suffix -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for isms

Historical Examples of isms

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for isms


  1. informal, often derogatory an unspecified doctrine, system, or practice


abbreviation for
  1. interstellar medium
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