One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.‘of all the isms, fascism is the most repressive’
way of thinking, school of thought, persuasion, creed, credo, doctrine, belief, faith, outlook, opinion, point of viewView synonyms
- ‘Seuss railed against the evil isms of his day - fascism, anti-Semitism, anti-black racism - with the full force of his tensile imagination.’
- ‘Values are a shared set of beliefs or creeds, convictions and ideologies, or a set of isms.’
- ‘What are tools, and what is the nature of their inherence in specific ideologies, isms, and worldviews?’
- ‘A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself.’
- ‘Some politicos cling to venal isms that stunt their own thinking and the growth of the nation, and delay the maturing of its democracy.’
- ‘They don't go much for isms, either, just quiet happiness is all they're prepared to recognise.’
- ‘However, the most controversial character is Kitten - a writhing mass of isms and chips on her shoulder.’
- ‘There's no discrimination here in the Blogosphere; no isms to get in the way of writing.’
- ‘If any of you have ever wondered what postmodernism is, or what any of the other isms are for that matter, then this week's column is for you.’
- ‘Ideology was foreign, and impressive-sounding, and was to generate many books with chapters recounting the arguments of the various isms of which political debate is composed.’
Late 17th century: independent usage of -ism.
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