(Greek, ismos; Latin, ismus: a suffix: belief in, practice of, condition of, process, characteristic behavior or manner, abnormal state, distinctive feature or trait)
2. A disinclination to care all that much about one’s own religion, and an even stronger lack of interest in caring about other people’s religious beliefs.
2. Remarks or sentences, often definitions, that convey the truth about something in a concise and humorous way: Sharon's mother shaped her mind with a steady stream of aphorisms; such as, "Waste not, want not."
To be accepted as an aphorism, it is necessary for a saying to contain a truth that is revealed in a concise statement; such as, when Jack LaLanne, a famous American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert once stated the aphorism: "I can’t die, because it would ruin my image."
3. Etymology: from Middle French aphorisme, aufforisme, from Middle Latin aphorismus, from Greek aphorismos, "definition, pithy sentence", from aphorizein, "to mark off, to divide", from ap-, "off" + horos, "boundary, to bound" + -ism, "act" or "practice of".
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2. The absence of an orientation response to light.
2. The expectation of cataclysmic revelation, as in millenarianism which is a belief in the millennium of Christian prophecy [Revelation 20 in the New Testament of the Bible], the 1,000 years when Christ is predicted to reign on earth: An apocalypticism is any religious movement that foresees a coming age of peace and prosperity.
Apocalypticisms involve the practice of, or the addiction to, interpreting or applying prophetic revelations.
2. A philosophical belief that knowledge is based on general principles which may be used to evaluate experience.
Also called spider poisoning, arachnoidism, and araneism.
2. The doctrine that the rigorous self-denial, abstinence form of life releases the soul from bondage to the body and permits a union with the divine.
Originally, an ascetic was someone who practiced the mode of life of a hermit or a monk, characterized by solitude, meditation, prayer, toil, fasting, and celibacy.
Implicit in this lifestyle of self-discipline and self-denial is the idea that the pleasures of this world should be renounced in favor of a "higher" purpose; such as, intellectual discipline or spiritual insight.