(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 belief that religious or political doctrine should be implemented literally, not interpreted or adapted.
3. The interpretation of every word in the sacred texts as literal truth.
A movement in American Protestantism that arose in the early part of the 20th century in reaction to modernism and that stresses the infallibility of the Bible not only in matters of faith and morals but also as a literal historical record, holding as essential to Christian faith belief in such doctrines as the creation of the world, the virgin birth, physical resurrection, atonement by the sacrificial death of Christ, and His Second Coming.
3. A style of art, literature, music, etc., and a theory of art and life in which violence, power, speed, mechanization or machines, and dislike of the past or to traditional forms of expression were advocated or portrayed: The expressions of futurism indicated that energy and values would be changed by the machine age.
2. That branch of physics that deals with electric currents.
3. Treatment of disease by electricity.
It results in the "baby talk" of young children.
2. The belief that the sun revolves around the earth. This was all the rage in Galileo's day.
3. Within the environmental movement, a concern over the state and future of the earth.
2. Orientation at right angles to gravity.
2. A branch of geology concerned with the magnetic properties of the earth.
2. Plant growth or movement in response to gravity: "Primary roots (tap roots) grow vertically towards gravity (positive geotropism) whereas primary shoots grow vertically away from gravity (negative geotropism), though the direction of shoot growth may also be modified by light."