-ism, -ismus

(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)

abaptism (s) (noun), abaptisms (pl)
1. The absence of baptism or not having the Christian sacrament that signifies spiritual cleansing and spiritual rebirth: The fact that Gloria's son's abaptism existed when he died was of great concern to his mother.
2. A situation where there is no baptism: The frontier area was often without a pastor and so abaptism usually existed for quite awhile.
abolitionism (s) (noun), abolitionisms (pl)
1. A belief or system of beliefs that are accepted as authoritative by some group or school of thought: Abolitionism was one of the driving elements behind the Civil War in the United States.
2. A social movement aimed at liquidating or getting rid of some law or an undesirable practice: Women lead the abolitionism against the production of liquor and the operation of taverns and bars.

Abolitionisms; such as, indentured workers or slave-working conditions are often opposed with vigor.

abortionism (s) (noun), abortionisms (pl)
The support or recommendation of the termination of a pregnancy: Tonya's sister, who is a doctor, supports abortionism once the client has had a medical examination and counseling.
abrakophilism (s) (noun), abrakophilisms (pl)
A passion to get and to keep all kinds of small objects because they are interesting and unusual: Julia's aunt was often involved with abrakophilism as she traveled using it as an opportunity to find more curious things; such as, a piece of lava from Iceland for her hoard of unusual stones.
absenteeism (s) (noun), absenteeisms (pl)
The habitual failure to appear or to be somewhere; especially, for work or some other regular duty: The most common causes of absenteeisms include influenza and occupationally related skin diseases.

The rates of absenteeism in the work force caused the factory to reduce production.

The explanations for a number of absenteeisms varied from headaches to injuries.

absolutism
abstractionism (s) (noun), abstractionism (pl)
Artistic content that depends more on internal form rather than pictorial representation: The student artist was told that abstractionism was simply a representation that had no particular reference to concrete objects or specific examples.
absurdism (s) (noun), absurdisms (pl)
1. The idea or philosophy that humans exist in a chaotic or purposeless universe: Many people who subscribed to the belief called absurdism became disillusioned by reality later in their lives.
2. An act or instance of the ridiculous: The absurdisms which were portrayed on the stage upset the audience who expected better from the director and actors.
academicism
Artistry that relies on conventional techniques or emphasises the formal aspects of an art form; such as, painting or poetry.
acarophytism (s) (noun), acarophytisms (pl)
Symbiosis between plants and mites.
acephalism
achromatism
achronism (s), achronisms (pl) (nouns)
1. Without time; the state of timelessness; deficiency of time: "Literally, no time."
2. Lacking time in which to complete or to accomplish something: "No matter how hard he tried, there were just too many achronisms that prevented his completion of the project."
acidism, acidismus
A condition due to the introduction into the body of acids from outside the body.
acrocephalopolysyndactylism (s) (noun), acrocephalopolysyndactylisms (pl)
An inherited disorder that includes abnormalities of the skull, face, hands, and feet: "A person's acrocephalopolysyndactylism starts with closure of some sutures of the skull and results in a tall peaked head, shallow eye sockets, and undeveloped cheekbones."

"The development of acrocephalopolysyndactylism also results in fingers and toes are fused and the thumbs and the big toes have overly broad ends."