-ist
I. noun suffix Etymology: French -iste, from Latin -ista, -istes, from Greek -istēs, from verbs in -izein -ize 1. a. one that performs a (specified) action <
cyclist
>
; one that makes or produces a (specified) thing <
novelist
>
b. one that plays a (specified) musical instrument <
harpist
>
c. one that operates a (specified) mechanical instrument or contrivance <
automobilist
>
2. one that specializes in a (specified) art or science or skill <
geologist
>
<
ventriloquist
>
3. one that adheres to or advocates a (specified) doctrine or system or code of behavior <
socialist
>
<
royalist
>
<
hedonist
>
or that of a (specified) individual <
Calvinist
>
<
Darwinist
>
II. adjective suffix of, relating to, or characteristic of <
elitist
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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