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-ism is a suffix in many English words, originally derived from Ancient Greek; reaching the English language through Latin, by medium of the French. It is commonly used in philosophy and politics, pertaining to an ideology of some sort. Also known to be used in names of religions. For examples, see:
Several books have used "isms" in their titles, including:
- Todays Isms: Socialism, Capitalism, Fascism, Communism, Libertarianism by Alan Ebenstein, William Ebenstein and Edwin Fogelman (11th ed, Pearson, 1999, ISBN 978-0130257147)
- Isms and Ologies: 453 Difficult Doctrines You've Always Pretended to Understand by Arthur Goldwag (Quercus, 2007, ISBN 978-1847241764) ranges from Abolitionism to Zoroastrianism.
- Isms: Understanding Art by Stephen Little (A & C Black, 2004, ISBN 978-0713670110), one of a series of similar titles including ... Architecture, ... Modern Art, ... Fashion and ... Religions.
- The Ism Book: A Field Guide to Philosophy by Peter Saint-Andre. 
- "Record for Isms and Ologies , including "Look inside" access to list of contents". Amazon. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
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