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definition of the word -ist

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From Old French -iste and Latin -ista < Ancient Greek -ιστής (istēs).


  1. Added to words to form nouns denoting:
    1. One who follows a principle or system of belief.
      Marxist, deist
      Note, these are related to -ism, e.g. Marxism, deism
    2. A member of a profession or one interested in something.
      psychiatrist, one who studies psychiatry
    3. A person who uses something.
      violinist, one who plays a violin
    4. A person who holds biased views.
      sexist, racist

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  1. Suffix appended to words to create a masculine noun, usually denoting a follower or a profession. Chiefly used for loanwords.


  1. appended to a word, it yields a noun which signifies the subject who performs something related to that word

-ist m. (plural -isten, feminine -istin, feminine plural -istinnen)

  1. -ist
    Pianist - pianist
    Anarchist - anarchist
    Rassist - racist

Also see: Category:German nouns ending in -ist

French -iste

-ist m. (plural -işti, feminine -istă, feminine plural -iste)

  1. -ist
    pianist - pianist
    anarhist - anarchist
    rasist - rascist

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