nouninformal, mainly derogatory
A distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.
way of thinking, school of thought, persuasion, creed, credo, doctrine, belief, faith, outlook, opinion, point of view
- ‘he loathed isms and any form of dogma’
- ‘Some politicos cling to venal isms that stunt their own thinking and the growth of the nation, and delay the maturing of its democracy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘What are tools, and what is the nature of their inherence in specific ideologies, isms, and worldviews?’
- ‘Values are a shared set of beliefs or creeds, convictions and ideologies, or a set of isms.’
- ‘Seuss railed against the evil isms of his day - fascism, anti-Semitism, anti-black racism - with the full force of his tensile imagination.’
- ‘There's no discrimination here in the Blogosphere; no isms to get in the way of writing.’
- ‘A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘However, the most controversial character is Kitten - a writhing mass of isms and chips on her shoulder.’
- ‘They don't go much for isms, either, just quiet happiness is all they're prepared to recognise.’
Late 17th century independent usage of -ism.
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