ism

[ˈɪsəm], [ˈɪsəm], [ˈɪ_s_ə_m]

Definitions of ism:

  1.   A doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   Used to denote condition, act, idiom, or doctrine; as, baptism, criticism, organism. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3.   a belief ( or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4.   A theory, this being a termination of words denoting theory. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5.   A doctrine or system. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Quotes for ism:

  1. Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make. – Ruth Benedict

Usage examples for ism:

  1. “ I know not whether it was their peculiar ism that made them so comparatively free and liberal. ” – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  2. Now, you and I together must make such study of her mediumship as America has never seen- a study which shall have nothing to do with any ism fad, or prejudice. ” – Victor Ollnee's Discipline by Hamlin Garland
  3. “ I think he is proud that he has no hobby in the way of an ideal or ism – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  4. It is these- the weak, the plastic, the impressible- whom your earth- born morality is corrupting, whose possibilities of happiness and self- respect your enervating woman's- sphere- ism is destroying. ” – A New Atmosphere by Gail Hamilton
  5. Heresy is in itself neither Atheism nor Theism, neither the rejection of the Church of Rome, nor of Canterbury, nor of Constantinople; heresy is not necessarily of any- ist or- ism – Theological Essays by Charles Bradlaugh
  6. Egoism can be learnt as a lesson like any other " ism – George Bernard Shaw by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  7. “ Bedo, Batho, Petto, and Potteang, may represent the germ of what afterwards became Buddh- ism – The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies by Robert Gordon Latham
  8. Being plunged into a state of settled gloom, I then became acutely anxious as to my soul's salvation, and feverishly pursued every ism and ology that caught my roving eye's attention, until in one short month I had become, in despairing rotation, an incipient agnostic, atheist, pantheist, and monist. ” – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  9. Don't think about Socialism or any other " ism – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  10. Outside of New York the political labor movement was not associated either with the single tax or any other " ism – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  11. This would indeed be regrettable, as tending to show that we are still far from a sober catholicity of taste, and still in the leading- strings of the Old World, not yet having obtained that independence and maturity of judgment which consists in being wise enough to gather nourishment suitable to one's needs from whatever be offered to us, even it be not labeled with the ism of the hour. ” – Poet Lore, Volume XXIV, Number IV, 1912 by Various
  12. The principal figures of Orthography are two; namely, Mi- me'- sis and Ar'- cha- ism – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  13. It would appear as if Locofoco- ism and infidelity had formed an union, and were fighting under the same banner. ” – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  14. Here have I been staring for years- unless that, too, is a dream, which it very probably is- at every mountebank " ism which ever tumbled and capered on the philosophic tight- rope; and they are every one of them dead dolls, wooden, worked with wires, which are petitiones principii.... ” – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  15. And David Barrow Spoke up and said: No ism is enough. ” – Domesday Book by Edgar Lee Masters
  16. “ I haven't a single ism – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  17. Socialism exists as an ism because Capitalism exists as an ism the clash is only an expression of the eternal law of action and reaction. ” – Manhood of Humanity. by Alfred Korzybski
  18. Whilst I was in the Ijo country I carefully studied their Ju- Ju, as I had been told they were great believers in, and practisers of Ju- Ju- ism – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  19. After proceeding a mile or so, taking two or three turns to look for improvement, I began to perceive evident signs on the part of the road of retrograding into lane- ism the county had evidently deserted it, and though made for cars and coaches, its traffic appeared to be now confined to donkeys carrying turf home from the bog, in double kishes on their back. ” – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope

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