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a suffix of nouns, often corresponding to verbs ending in -ize or nouns ending in -ism, that denote a person who practices or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.:
apologist; dramatist; machinist; novelist; realist; socialist; Thomist.
Compare -ism, -istic, -ize.
Middle English -iste < Latin -ista < Greek -istēs; in some words, representing French -iste, German -ist, Italian -ista, etc., ≪ Latin < Greek, as above Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ist


(forming nouns) a person who performs a certain action or is concerned with something specified motorist, soloist
(forming nouns) a person who practises in a specific field physicist, typist
(forming nouns and adjectives) a person who advocates a particular doctrine, system, etc, or relating to such a person or the doctrine advocated socialist
(forming nouns and adjectives) a person characterized by a specified trait, tendency, etc, or relating to such a person or trait purist
(forming nouns and adjectives) a person who is prejudiced on the basis specified sexist, ageist
Word Origin
via Old French from Latin -ista, -istēs, from Greek -istēs
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Word Origin and History for ist
agent noun suffix, also used to indicate adherence to a certain doctrine or custom, from Fr. -iste, from L. -ista, from Gk. -istes, from agential suffix -tes. Variant -ister (e.g. chorister, barister) is from O.Fr. -istre, on false analogy of ministre. Variant -ista is from Sp. form, popularized in Eng. 1970s by names of Latin-American revolutionary movements.
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ist in Technology

Imperial Software Technology.

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Related Abbreviations for ist


  1. Ataturk/Yesilkov International Airport (Istanbul, Turkey)
  2. insulin shock therapy
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