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Not a native Latvian suffix, -ists occurred in many borrowings and is now fully integrated. Ultimately from Ancient Greek -ιστής ‎(-istḗs), like its English cognate -ist (see etymology of -ist).


-ists, -iste

  1. Added to nouns to form masculine nouns denoting members/followers of a principle, religion, philosophy, lifestyle, or system of belief (usually named by words in -isms), or who has a certain profession or activity, just like its English cognate -ism.

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  • -isms (the corresponding profession / activity / system of belief)

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