-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)

mythicism
The principle of attributing a mythical character to narratives of supernatural events.
nanism
The condition of being dwarfed or being a dwarf.
naphtholism
Poisoning from acute or chronic exposure to excessive amounts of naphthol.

Ingestion of large amounts may cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, circulatory failure, convulsions, and death.

External application may cause nephritis, hematuria, hemolytic anemia, jaundice, convulsions, and death.

narcotism (s) (noun), narcotisms (pl)
1. As commonly used, the term refers to the condition in which a drug is present in amounts great enough to be toxic, or, in any event, sufficient to alter a person's behavior.
2. A morbid inclination to sleep which is produced by drugs; a state of stupor, somnolence, or insensibility.
nationalism
naturalism
necrophilism
In psychiatry, a morbid desire to be in the presence of dead bodies.
necrosadism (s) (noun), necrosadisms (pl)
Sexual gratification derived by mutilating corpses.
nectism
Swimming by means of cilia.
negativism (s) (noun), negativisms (pl)
The frame of mind to do or to say the opposite of what is suggested: Negativisms were all that Norman could utter regarding whether to add more rooms to his house because of the high costs it would take to achieve such extensions.
neobehaviorism (s) (noun), neobehaviorisms (pl)
A newly modified view that regards physical actions as being affected by internal psychological states as well as by external stimuli.
neoclassicism
neoclassicism (s) (noun), neoclassicisms (pl)
The revival of a classical style in art, literature, architecture, or music, but from new perspectives or with new presentations.
neoimpressionism
1. A 19th-century movement in painting, led by the pointillist Georges Seurat, that favored stricter and more formal techniques of composition than impressionism.
2. The doctrines and methods of a group of artists of the 19th century, based on a more strictly scientific practice of impressionist technique.
neologism (s) (noun), neologisms (pl)
1. A recently coined word or phrase, or a recently extended meaning of an existing word or phrase: When Jane was reading about neologisms, she came across some new terms, such as "adultolescence", "pastability", and "pre-zactly"!
2. The practice of coining new words or phrases, or of extending the meaning of existing words or phrases: Tom was very interested in neologism and was fascinated by the way previously used terms were formed into brand-new ways of expression!
3. In medicine and psychiatry, an existing word can be used in a new sense or a new word or phrase of the patient's own making can be created, often seen in schizophrenia: In psychiatry, such usages of neologisms may have meaning only to the sufferer or be indicative of his or her condition.

4. The use of an unconventional vocabulary innovation; when the use of such a coinage or innovation is either rationally, to represent a new idea, method, or object; or as with a disordered neurological condition or as with a mental disorder when the patient wishes to express a highly complex meaning related to his or her conflicts: In her state of delirium, Sandra was known to create neologisms and invent new terms nobody had ever heard of before!
5. Etymology: "practice of innovation in language", 1800, from French néologisme, from Greek neo-, "new" + Greek logos, "word".
The expressions or usage of new words.
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