a suffix of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, etc., as in baptism, barbarism, criticism, Darwinism, plagiarism, realism, Australianism.

Compare -ist, -ise1. {from (often directly) Greek -ismos, -isma, noun suffix. See -ise1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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