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English Dictionary: ism by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
ism
n
  1. a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    Synonym(s): doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   -ism \-ism\ [F. -isme, or L. -ismus, Gr. [?].]
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ism \Ism\, n. [See {ism}, above.]
      A doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory.
      --E. Everett.
  
               The world grew light-headed, and forth came a spawn of
               isms which no man can number.                  --S. G.
                                                                              Goodrich.
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