- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||discrimination on the basis of age, esp. against the elderly or middle-aged.
||ageist (adj.), ageist (n.)
The word ageism
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.