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 History of this Word

"ism" is from "ismos" spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"-ism" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates action, manner, condition, beliefs or prejudice. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ism illustration Optimism is a frame for how you view the world.
-ism illustration The question remains whether this new type of volcanism could explain other volcanic hotspots.