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1. derivative suffix Added to a noun or an adjective, it can derive a new noun or a new adjective. It refers to the maker or doer of something, a profession, or somebody who supports a theory or idea. Examples: dent (noun), tooth, dentist (noun), dentist; dret (adjective), right, dretist (noun), right-winger; cell (noun), sky, cellist (adjective), sky-blue; sòcjal (adjective), socjalist (adjective), socialist.

Etymology: From Greek -istes via Latin -ista.