-ism is a suffix in many English words, originally derived from Ancient Greek -ισμός (-ismos); reaching the English language through Latin, by medium of the French.
Ism is a derived word used in philosophy, politics, religion or other areas pertaining to an ideology of some sort, sometimes with a derogatory sense. For examples, see:
- ^ "-ism". Oxford English Dictionary online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2014.(subscription required)
- ^ "ism n.". Oxford English Dictionary online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2014.(subscription required)
- 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.