-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)

anophelism (s) (noun), anophelisms (pl)
The infestation or continued presence in a geographic area of certain kinds of mosquitoes: "The term anophelism indicates that certain places on earth are infested with anopheline mosquitoes."
anorchism
Absence of the testes.
anorchism, anorchidism
Absence of the testes; may be congenital or acquired.
antagonism (s) (noun), antagonisms (pl)
1. Hostility or hatred that causes opposition and ill will: The two neighbors were expressing antagonisms and demonstrating unfriendly behavior towards each other.
2. In physiology, the interaction between two or more chemical substances in the body that diminishes the effect each of them has individually: Antagonism can be seen in lab rats when the chemical Dopamine slows down their movements, as it impedes the usual functions of their physical activities.
A condition in which there is hostility toward another person or for each other.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

antarchism (s) (noun), antarchisms (pl)
The principle of opposition to all forms of government and to any restraint of individuals by laws: "Believers in antarchism are against any organized government."
anthropinism (s), anthropinisms (pl) (noun forms)
1. The consideration of or regarding things in their relationships to mankind.
2. Thinking that everything is subordinate to humans, or of considering things in relation to mankind and the needs of humans and their destinies.
anthropomorphism (s) (noun), anthropomorphisms (pl)
The portrayal or conception of a human form or a person's characteristics in a deity, an animal, or on an inanimate object: In religion and mythology, anthropomorphism refers to the symbolism of a human body or of human qualities generally to a divine being or beings.

In other words, anthropomorphism is meant to be a presentation of human characteristics to things that are not human; such as, inanimate objects, animals, or other natural phenomena.

Many mythologies are almost entirely concerned with anthropomorphisms about deities who express human characteristics; such as, jealousy, hatred, or love.

The Greek gods included anthropomorphisms; for example, Zeus and Apollo were often depicted in human form exhibiting both commendable and despicable human traits.

Anthropomorphism is a form of personification applying human or animal qualities to inanimate objects and similarly to adopting the persona of another person with human characteristics and qualities to nonhuman beings, objects, or natural phenomena.

What a strange monster is man; a curiosity, a prodigy, a chaos, a contradiction, judge of all things and a wretched earthworm, repository of truth and sewer of doubt and error, glory and dross of the universe.

—Blaise Pascal
anthropotheism (s) (noun), anthropotheisms (pl)
The belief that the gods originated from human beings and are essentially human in nature or are only deified humans.
antilogism
antipedobaptism, antipaedobaptism (s) (noun); antipedobaptisms, antipaedobaptisms (pl)
The denial, on scriptural grounds, of the validity of infant baptism.
antiquarianism
anti-Semitism
antitheism (s) (noun), antitheisms (pl)
The belief that there is no God or gods: Antitheism is the opposite of a belief in any or all deities.
antitropism
antivivisectionism (s) (noun), antivivisectionsms (pl)
An opposition to the use of living animals for biological research.