-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)

decimalism
deletionism
A philosophy held by some Wikipedians that favors clear and relatively rigorous standards for accepting articles, templates, or other pages to the encyclopedia.

"Wikipedians" who broadly subscribe to this philosophy are likely to request that an article that they believe does not meet such standards be removed, or deleted.

demonianism
The state of being possessed by a demon or by demons.
demonocratism (s) (noun) (no plural)
A principle or system of a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.
denialism (s) (noun), denialisms (pl)
1. A term used to describe the position of governments, political parties, business groups, interest groups, or individuals who reject propositions on which a scientific or scholarly consensus exists.
2. Choosing to deny reality as a way to avoid an uncomfortable truth or about skepticism gone wrong.
3. The refusal to accept an empirically verifiable reality.
4. An essentially irrational action that withholds validation of an historical experience or event.

Apparently the term denialism is a neologism created by Michael Specter (a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998) for his book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives, published in 2009; Penguin Press; New York; in which Specter reveals that Americans have come to mistrust institutions and especially the institution of science more today than ever before.

denominationalism
Adherence to or advocacy of certain denominational principles or a denominational system; such as, of education.
deontologism
Emphasis on universal imperatives; such moral laws, duties, obligations, prohibitions, and the like (sometimes also called imperativism).

Deontologism is usually contrasted with teleologism (an emphasis on goals) or consequentialism (an emphasis on results); but sometimes it is also contrasted with egoism or eudaimonism (an emphasis on personal happiness or fulfillment as opposed to conformance with moral imperatives).

dermametropathism
dermographism
A tendency to readily show dermographia or red, white, or black welts on the skin.
despotism (s) (noun), despotisms (pl)
A government controlled by an unrestricted authority; especially, in a cruel and oppressive way: There have been many countries throughout history when people have existed in despotism; for example, the Germans who had Adolf Hitler ruling them with absolute power.

Other names include the following modern dictators who have advocated despotism:

  • Joseph Stalin (U.S.S.R or Russia)
  • Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung) (China)
  • Kim Jong-il (North Korea)
  • Muammar Al-Gaddafi (Libya)
  • Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)
  • Plus many others throughout history!
An absolute power or control.
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deviationism (s) (noun), deviationisms (pl)
diabolism
diachronism
1. The existence of a geological feature that transgresses palaeontological zones; for example, there is a great divergence between the lithological and chronological classification.
2. The existence within a single geologic formation of regions of rock that were laid down at different times; for example, by a sea that gradually covered a landmass.
3. In botany, having two periods of growth in the year.
diageotropism (s) (noun), diageotropisms (pl)
1. The tendency of a sessile organism (leaf or flower that has no stalk but is attached directly to the stem), or structure, to grow horizontally to the ground or perpendicularly to the line of gravity; such as, a tree branch or root.
2. A response of a plant to gravity in which a part of the plant adopts a horizontal position.
3. The tendency of growing parts; such as, roots, to become oriented at right angles to the direction of gravitational force.
diaheliotropism (s) (noun), diaheliotropisms (pl)
A tendency of leaves, or other organs, of plants to have their outer surface facing towards sunlight.