-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)

1. A word or phrase borrowed or adapted from the German language.
2. A custom or trait associated with German culture or people.
3. Fondness for Germany and all, or most, things German.
geromorphism (s) (noun), geromorphisms (pl)
1. Appearing prematurely old or the condition of seeming to be elderly while still young: Jane thought her friend had the demeanour of geromorphism because she grew up with her grandparents when her parents died at an early age in a car accident.
2. The impression of having lived for a longer time than one really has; premature senility: Jack’s father suffered from geromorphism because he had worked so hard on the farm all his life and was quite old and weak at the age of 35.
Physically looking older than one really is.
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Impersonating or adopting the characteristics of an older person; it is sometimes reported as a paraphilia when sexual arousal and orgasm are dependent upon playing such a role and being treated as an older person by the sexual partner.
gigantism (s) (noun), gigantisms (pl)
1. The quality or state of being of an abnormally large size.
2. An excessive growth of the body or any of its parts; especially, as a result of over secretion of the growth hormone by the pituitary gland.
globalism (s) (noun), globalisms (pl)
The policy or practice of conducting an activity on an international basis rather than on a national or local level; globalization: Globalism can be exemplified, for example, by a corporation that sells its goods to markets throughout the world and that locates its facilities and workforce in various countries according to whatever the needs may be.
A condition of having an upper jaw that protrudes beyond the plane of the face.
1. A group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.
2. A religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches.

The doctrines of certain pre-Christian pagan, Jewish, and early Christian sects that valued the revealed knowledge of God and of the origin and end of the human race as a means to attain redemption for the spiritual element in humans and that distinguished the Demiurge from the unknowable Divine Being.

Differentiation of the gonads with normal development of the reproductive organs appropriate to the sex; the opposite of hermaphroditism.
governmentalism (s) (noun), governmentalisms (pl)
A trend toward expansion of a government's role: Governmentalism is a theory supporting the addition of the range of activities or power in a country.
An excessive emphasis upon the fine points of grammar and usage; especially, a dedication to the doctrine of grammatical correctness; grammatism.
An excessively pedantic behavior (concern for book learning and formal rules) about grammatical standards and principles which is shown by a narrow focus on or a display of learning; especially, its trivial or "insignificant" aspects or those of little significance or value to others.
1. Pregnancy, or the sum of symptoms, signs, and conditions associated with it.
2. The condition of having a developing embryo or fetus in the body after union of an ovum and spermatozoon.
A reference to having hallucinated tastes which are triggered by senses of perception in different sensory modalities.

Gustatisms are divided into categories; such as, optical or light gustatism, tactile or touch gustatism, pressure gustatism, kinesthetic or movement gustatism, and temperature gustatism.

—Compiled from excerpts located in
A Dictionary of Hallucinations by Jan Dirk Blom;
Springer Publishers; New York; page 212.