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asshole +‎ -ism. Attested in print from 1970 (by Seymour Krim), apparently from Beat Generation slang. Also popularized by the main character named Devine from the John Waters film Pink Flamingos.


assholism (countable and uncountable, plural assholisms)

  1. (slang, vulgar) Consistently antisocial behavior.
    • "... I embraced him [ Mark Harris ] because of his vigor and contempt with all his assholism included" (Seymour Krim, Shake It For The World, Smartass, 1970, p. 30)
    • "I've often observed that assholeism tends to run in families." (J. T. Nichols, A ghost in the music, 1979, p. 18)
    • "Disputations on Art, Anarchy and Assholism" (book title, Stewart Home, 1997, ISBN 9780951441756)