Suffix-ism

  1. forming nouns on action or process or result based on the accompanying verb in -ize
  2. forming the name of a system, school of thought or theory based on the name of its subject or object or alternatively on the name of its founder...
  3. the action, conduct or condition of a class of persons, "behaving like a ---" ((with overtones of the "terms for doctrines" sense below):)...
  4. class-names or descriptive terms for doctrines or principles in general..
  5. a peculiarity or characteristic of language..
  6. an ideology expressing belief in the superiority of a certain class within the concept expressed by the root word ((based on a late 20th-century narrowing of the "terms for a doctrine" sense):)..