In an answer to a previous question, I referred to "tea-partiers" as the demonym for members of the Tea Party in US politics.

But I know that's not right; demonym describes the name of the population of a physical place.

Is there a corresponding -nym or otherwise short, self-contained word for members of a political party or other abstract group?

  • Ideologies (esp, radical ones, or those the speaker is scornful of) are often collectively referred to as isms. An adherent of XXXism is an XXXist. – FumbleFingers Nov 26 '14 at 20:12
  • True, good point, but in this case I'm specifically looking for a clinical, value-judgement-free term (so that my scorn doesn't bleed through). – Dan Bron Nov 26 '14 at 20:14
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    taxonym Comment because Wikipedia is not a source. – SrJoven Nov 26 '14 at 22:27
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    I would call them Tea Partisans. – TRomano Nov 26 '14 at 22:29
  • @SrJoven, it's definitely worth adding that as a answer for "A -nym word for ... abstract group". I'll upvote it at least. – Dan Bron Nov 26 '14 at 22:33

Wikipedia says that a taxonym is:

a name used for classification or identification purposes, usually signifying a relationship to something.

Which, is about as generic as you can get, plus it has that word tax in it, so of course it fits, right?

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  • Ha! I didn't even think of the tax element. If I had another +1, I'd award it just for that. – Dan Bron Nov 26 '14 at 22:40

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