-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)

The Christian belief, held particularly by the Lutheran Church, that Jesus Christ is present in all places and at all times, not just in the Eucharist.
ultraism (s) (noun), ultraisms (pl)
1. Any theory approving of immoderate and uncompromising policies; especially, in politics or government: In his history book, Ralf read about the abolitionists and their ultraism in their cause against slavery in the U.S. in the 19th century.
2. Rules or standards set by people who uphold radical or drastic measures: Timothy was interested in the writing style showing the aspects of ultraism, as in the avoidance of sentimentalism in literature..
3. Etymology: from Latin alteri, "other"; from ultra, "beyond, on the other side of" + -ism, "action or process".
Radicalism or extremism in politics.
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1. The culture or way of life of city dwellers.
2. Urbanization.
vagotropism (s) (noun), vagotropisms (pl)
An affinity for the vagus nerve; such as, a drug: The use of the new medication brought about a satisfactory vagotropism for Sarah's condition.
vandalism (s), vandalisms (pl) (noun)
1. The willful desire to cause harm or destruction to public and private property: "They were arrested for being involved in vandalism."
2. Deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property: "It is easy to see the vandalism to public buildings that is done by those who want to cause damage and destruction."
3. The willful or ignorant destruction of artistic or literary treasures: "Someone broke into the art exhibition and did extensive vandalism to many of the objects that were there."

Vandalism includes behavior; such as, breaking windows, slashing tires, spray painting a wall with graffiti, and destroying a computer system through the use of a computer virus.

Because the destruction of public and private property poses a threat to society, modern law statutes make vandalism a crime.

The penalties upon conviction may be a fine, a jail sentence, an order to pay for repairs or replacement; or all three of these could be imposed.