[From the Greek suffixes -ismos: the action of doing something, and from Greek -isma: the result of such action.]

  1. (general) The action or practice of doing something (e.g., terrorism, patriotism).

  2. (general) An instance of a certain kind of action or practice (e.g., witticism, Americanism).

  3. (general) The condition of being a certain way (e.g., barbarism, alcoholism).

  4. (general) A theory, doctrine, movement, or approach in philosophy, religion, politics, science, the arts, or a related discipline. Examples from philosophy include consequentialism, emotivism, Epicureanism, and syncretism.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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