• WordNet 3.6
    • n ism a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ism A doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory. "The world grew light-headed, and forth came a spawn of isms which no man can number."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ism A doctrine, theory, system, or practice having a distinctive character or relation: chiefly used in disparagement: as, this is the age of isms; to set up an ism.
    • n ism A suffix implying the practice, system, doctrine, theory, principle, or abstract idea of that which is signified or implied by the word to which it is subjoined: as, dogmatism, spiritualism, socialism, Atticism, Americanism, Gallicism, terrorism, vandalism, republicanism, Mormonism, being especially common in nouns so formed from names of persons and designating theories, as Benthamism, Comtism, Darwinism, etc., or theories associated with practice, especially in words of temporary use, as Cæsarism, Jacksonism, Grantism, etc., such temporary words being formed as occasion requires, in unlimited numbers. Such words are usually accompanied by a noun of the agent in -ist, and an adj. in -istic, and often by a verb in -ize. See these suffixes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ism izm any distinctive doctrine, theory, or practice—usually in disparagement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See ism, above
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the suffix -ism.


In literature:

Art, recent "isms" in, 278, 279.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Moreover, since I. W. W.'ism will not give up its position, Socialism in America has adopted the industrial unionism creed.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
Now for the barbarous part of it, the -ism.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Theories, arguments and studying too deeply on bootless systems, codes, beliefs, cults, isms, or doctrines, is a waste of time.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
After wearying the readers on this and numerous other 'isms,' it was discontinued.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Pharisee ism, ii, 196.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
There were no high up "isms" or "ologies" for girls in those days.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
And the other day you said Prist-by-te-ri-an-ism!
"The Little Gold Miners of the Sierras and Other Stories" by Various
Is there such a word as plague-ism?
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
It is a much more intellectual 'ism.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell

In news:

Whenever the words "Age of" or "Era of ", or a particular "ism" are attached to a period, one can naturally exhibit some reactionary tendencies.
L — Isme 2 rush (Alfaro kick), 7:53.
Stock Futures Drift Ahead of ISM-led Data Deluge .
ISM October non-manufacturing report is nearly identical to September, still growing.
ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession.
ISM 's December 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast posts positive numbers.
His unique set of skills will be utilized by ISM International Inc to further develop its technical projects and assist in ISM 's future growth plans with its brand "MyGirl".
ISM Manufacturing Indices National Association of Manufactures Share Manufacturing activity was more mixed depending on the source.
Service sector growth slips in Oct: ISM .
ISM 2012 Services Conference.
The PMI, the index on which the ISM 's Manufacturing Report on Business is based on, increased 0.2 percent to 51.7 in October, marking the second consecutive month it has had been above 50, following three straight months of declines.
ISM 's manufacturing index, released Thursday, showed slightly stronger growth, but that sector has not performed as well as the service sector in recent months.
ISM 's employment index for the sector was up 3.8 points to 54.9, indicating growth in hiring for the third straight month.
Service sector slows in latest ISM report.

In science:

Table 1 summarizes IR tracers of the various ISM components.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
In principle some of dim GC sources can also be Georotators accreting warm ISM (aka MAGACs, see Rutledge 2001).
Evolution of isolated neutron stars in globular clusters: number of Accretors
The values of β appropriate for the silicates in the temperature range appropriate for ISM dust grains (10–50 K) are still clustered around 2 without a very strong temperature trend.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
From these studies, it is difficult to justify a universal value of β for different regions in the ISM, since composition, size and possibly temperature could have an effect.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
Since the submm fluxes are on the Rayleigh-Jeans side of the Planck function the temperature dependence is not very steep, roughly ∝ T . A constant value for the ratio therefore implies a small range of real β and Tc in the ISM of galaxies.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies