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racism

rac·ism

racism

 
 
pronunciation:
reI sih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the theory or opinion that a certain race or races of people, usu. one's own, are superior to others because of certain inborn characteristics.
definition 2: any policy or practice based on such a theory or opinion.
similar words:
race
derivation: racist (n.)
Word Parts
The word racism contains the following parts:
-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.
-ist Greek noun-forming suffix that means person who does or believes in
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Many words ending in -ist have a corresponding abstract noun form ending in -ism.