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feminism

fem·i·nism

feminism

 
pronunciation:
fe m nih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the doctrine advocating the same social, political, and economic rights for women as for men.
definition 2: the various movements dedicated to achieving these rights.
derivation: feminist (n.)
Word Parts
The word feminism contains the following parts:
fem, femin Latin root that means female, woman
synonyms:
gyn, gyno, gyne, gynec, gyneco
 
-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.