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I think I can't do better than inaugurate my new 'ism' by lunching there to-day.

To her the personal element in a creed is of more importance than the ism.

That is what everybody says when they want to prove any theory, creed, ism, or anything.

The point is, you must do it; no "ism" or esoteric agency can do it for you.

There is strength in bayonets, but what stability is there in the Ism which supports them?

We propose no ism, we make no programme; we suggest, tentatively, a method.

I regret to see persons too much carried away by this or any ism.

An ism spirit may attach itself to any principle, false or true.

I understand that ism, I rather suspect, better than the other.

I think he is proud that he has no hobby in the way of an ideal or ism.

WORD ORIGIN

suffix forming nouns of action, state, condition, doctrine, from French -isme or directly from Latin -isma, -ismus, from Greek -isma, from stem of verbs in -izein. Used as an independent word, chiefly disparagingly, from 1670s.

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