- Word Explorer, Word Parts
|part of speech:
||a political or economic theory in which community members own all property, resources, and the means of production, and control the distribution of goods.
||the system of government that is based on this theory.
||in Marxist-Leninist theory, the transition stage between capitalism and communism.
The word socialism
contains the following part:
that means doctrine, belief, theory
More about this word part:
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
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.