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  • suffix forms abstract nouns from Greek or Latin bases

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-ic+-ism, either based directly on the adjective in -ic (as in asceticism, mysticism), or on the verb in -ise (as in anglicism). Some productivity within English, as in witticism (1670s, in analogy with criticism).

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