-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)

1. The use of a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being.
2. Using a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized; such as, an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically.
3. Utilizing a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks or a mechanism guided by automatic controls.
A morbid condition induced by x-rays.
A reference to the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church based in Rome.
1. The quality of being romantic or having romantic inclinations.
2. Impractical romantic ideals and attitudes.
3. An exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure).
4. A movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries which celebrated nature rather than civilization.
routinism (s) (noun)
ruralism (s) (noun), ruralisms (pl)
rusticism (s) (noun), rusticisms (pl)
sacerdotalism (s) (noun) (no plural)
A belief that only a pastor is able to mediate between God and human beings: This requirement of sacerdotalism is denied by those who believe that all Christian believers can access God directly without the need of an intermediary; such as, a priest or a minister.

sacramentalism (s) (noun), sacramentalisms (pl)
The doctrine that the observance of certain rituals are necessary for salvation and that such participation can confer grace: Zara was confident that if she observed all the sacramentalisms of her church, she would be forgiven for her selfish behavior and for doubting some of her religious beliefs.
saltationism (s) (noun) (no plural form)
Any of several theories about the evolution of species which proceeds in major steps, or strides, by the abrupt transformation of an ancestral species into a descendant species of a different type, rather than by the gradual accumulation of small changes: The process of saltationism includes an unorthodox emphasis of evolutionary changes that is considered to be abnormal when compared to longer changes that usually take place.

Saltationism is generally not considered to be a method by which evolution occurs.

salvationism (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. A rescuing from harm, ruin, or loss.
2. A religious doctrine that emphasizes the deliverance of the soul from sin and its consequences.
1. The state of living as a saprophyte.
2. Saprophytic nutrition.