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com·mun·ism

communism

 
pronunciation:
kam y nih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: (sometimes capitalized) a system of government in which all factories, farms, and natural resources are owned in common.
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-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.