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environmentalism

en·vi·ron·men·tal·ism

environmentalism

pronunciation:
ihn vaI rn men tl ih zm [or] ihn vaI rn men tl ih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: the movement to protect or restore the natural environment, or the advocacy for major efforts to be made to achieve this goal.
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The word environmentalism 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.