a suffix of adjectives (and in the plural, of nouns from adjectives) formed from nouns ending in -ist and having reference to such nouns, or to associated nouns in -ism (deistic; euphuistic; puristic ). In nouns, it usually has a plural form (linguistics ).
Compare -ist, -ic, -ics.

< Latin -isticus < Greek -istikos; in some words, replacing -istique < French < Latin, as above

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suffix forming adjectives
equivalent to a combination of -ist and -ic but in some words having a less specific or literal application and sometimes a mildly pejorative force, as compared with corresponding adjectives ending in -ist: communistic; impressionistic
[from Latin -isticus, from Greek istikos]

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adj. suffix, from L. -isticus (often via Fr. -istique), from Gk. -istikos, which is adj. suffix -ikos added to n. suffix -istes (see -ist).
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