Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Word Explorer
Children's Dictionary
Help
Help
Help
     

rac·ism

racism

 
 
pronunciation:
reI sih zm
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the opinion or belief that a particular race of people is better than another race or races.
Laws that allowed some immigrants into the country and not others were influenced by racism.
definition 2: unfair treatment of people based on the opinion that one race is better than another race or races.
The civil rights movement fought to end racism in America.
derivation: racist (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word racism contains the following parts:
-ism2 Greek noun-forming suffix that means doctrine, belief, theory
Show wordsHide wordsMore 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 ," -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
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
Many words ending in -ist have a corresponding abstract noun form ending in -ism, and many have a corresponding adjective form ending in -ic (realistic, artistic).