(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)
2. The intrinsic property in radiation that produces photochemical activity.
3. The production of chemical change by actinic radiation.
2. The growth or movement of an organism toward an air supply; such as, an air bubble in a bacterial culture chamber.
3. The reaction to gases, generally to oxygen, particularly the growth curvature of roots or other parts of plants to changes in oxygen tension.
4. An orientation response to a gaseous stimulus.
2. A great love for and sensitivity to beauty and the arts: Chris's eyes shined with an estheticism for the charm of the countryside and the architecture of the village.
I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want—an adorable pancreas?
An iconoclastic view: " 'Love Feast,' first of Aphrodite's holy whores (Horae), was canonized as a Christian saint when icons of the Horae were re-lableled 'virgin martyrs': Sts. Agape, Chione, and Irene. Agape originally personified the rite of sexual communion, as practiced in Aphrodite's temples and adopted by some early Christian sects as a Tantric type of 'spiritual marriage'. By the 7th century C.E. (Common Era) the agape ceremony was declared heretical, but it continued secretly throughout the Middle Ages."
2. The doctrine that all things can result in ultimate good, although perhaps not always along the best roads.
3. The system that recognizes the existence of evil, but holds that all things tend toward good.
4. A belief in the ultimate triumph of good despite any evil conditions or methods.