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See also: isto, Isto, istô, īsto, and isto-



From Latin -ista.




  1. a person who is occupied with, often but not necessarily implying a professional occupation
    ŝteli (to steal) + ‎-isto → ‎ŝtelisto (thief)
    kuraci (to treat, heal) + ‎-isto → ‎kuracisto (doctor, physician)
    maro (sea) + ‎-isto → ‎maristo (sailor)
    scienco (science) + ‎-isto → ‎sciencisto (scientist)
    Esperanto + ‎-isto → ‎esperantisto (Esperantist)
  2. a person who follows an ideology or doctrine (often following a corresponding -ismo)
    anarĥio (anarchy) + ‎-isto → ‎anarĥiisto (anarchist)
    Budho (Buddha) + ‎-isto → ‎budhisto (Buddhist)
    fundamento (foundation) + ‎-isto → ‎fundamentisto (fundamentalist)

Usage notes[edit]

It is important to distinguish between an -anto, someone who is doing something at the moment, and an -isto, someone whose occupation it is to do something. For example, if you are cooking dinner, you are a kuiranto (cook (someone who is cooking)). If you are employed as a chef, you are a kuiristo (cook (by occupation)). This often implies a professional occupation, but not necessarily. E.g. artisto (artist) and verkisto (author, writer) also frequently refer to hobbyists.

Also note that in Esperanto, membership is denoted by -ano. For example, a colonist is a koloniano, whereas koloniisto would signify an advocate of colonialism (koloniismo).

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Related terms[edit]

  • -ismo (doctrine, ideology):