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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)