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fascism

fas·cism

fascism

 
pronunciation:
fae shih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (often cap.) a system of government characterized by strong, often dictatorial control of political and economic affairs, and often by warlike nationalism and brutal suppression of political dissidents and ethnic minorities.
definition 2: any of the distinctive principles or practices of this system.
definition 3: (usu. cap.) a party or government espousing this system, esp. the party in power in Italy from 1922 to 1943.
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The word fascism contains the following part:
-ism2 Greek noun-forming suffix that means doctrine, belief, theory
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The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism ," -ism means "bias based on," as in "sexism " and "ageism ." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.