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so·cial·ism

socialism

 
pronunciation:
so sh lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: a theory of government in which the whole community rather than individuals owns all of its property and resources.
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The word socialism 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.