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-ism

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-ism

(Science: suffix) a suffix indicating an act, a process, the result of an act or a process, a state; also, a characteristic (as a theory, doctrine, idiom, etc); as, baptism, galvanism, organism, hypnotism, socialism, sensualism, Anglicism.

Origin: f. -isme, or L. -ismus, gr.