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 History of this Word

"ist" is from "ists" (agent) 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.

More words with this suffix,
racist
violinist
novelist
botanist

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-ist" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates practicing, specializing or characterized by. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ist illustration What special skills are necessary for a chemist to be above average?
-ist illustration More often than not, it seems to me that you adopt the stance of a Idealist.