-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)

voyeurism
The action of watching an unsuspecting person who is nude, in the act of undressing, or actively engaged in sexual intercourse.

Sexual contact between the observed and the voyerur is not known to occur.

vulgarism (s) (noun), vulgarisms (pl)
1. An offensive or indecent word or phrase.
2. A word or phrase from a language spoken primarily by uneducated people, as contrasted with a more formal or refined usage by educated people.
vulpicidism
vulpinism
xerotropism, xerotropic
An orientation response of plants to desiccation (dryness).
zabernism (s) (noun) (no plural)
The misuse of military power or authority; aggression, bullying.
zelotism, zealotism
Action, thought, or feeling characteristic of a zealot; zealotry.
zoomorphism
1. The viewing of human behavior in terms of the behavior of animals, especially the principle that human actions are entirely the result of biological and instinctual drives rather than reason or emotion.
2. The fact of conceiving or representing a deity as having an animal form.
3. The attribution of animal characteristics or qualities to a god.
4. The use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.
zoosadism (s) (noun), zoosadisms (pl)
The process of having pleasure by being cruel to animals.
zootheism (s) (noun), zootheisms (pl)
1. The belief that an animal is a god and the worship of that animal.
2. The attribution of a deity or holiness to animals.
Worshipers are bowing down to a golden bull which is a form of zootheism.

People are worshiping a golden bull which is just one example of many similar zootheistic religions from the past and in the present.

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zootrophotoxism
1. Poisoning due to ingestion of contaminated food of animal origin.
2. Poisoning from the consumption of animal products.
zygodactylism, zygodactylous
1. With reference to certain climbing birds, having the toes of each foot arranged in pairs, with two toes in front and two behind.
2. A term sometimes used to designate simple syndactyly (webbing between adjacent digits so they are more or less completely attached), as distinguished from syndactyly in which there is bony fusion between the phalanges of the digits involved; usually occurring in the hand between the third and fourth digits and in the foot between the fourth and fifth.
zygomorphism
Bilaterally symmetrical; a reference to organisms or parts divisible lengthwise into similar or symmetrical halves.