8 letter words ending in ism

Acosmism (n.) A denial of the existence of the universe as distinct from God.

Acrotism (n.) Lack or defect of pulsation.

Actinism (n.) The property of radiant energy (found chiefly in solar or electric light) by which chemical changes are produced, as in photography.

Albinism (n.) The state or condition of being an albino: abinoism; leucopathy.

Algorism (n.) Alt. of Algorithm

Alienism (n.) The status or legal condition of an alien; alienage.

Alienism (n.) The study or treatment of diseases of the mind.

Altruism (n.) Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; -- opposed to egoism or selfishness.

Aneurism (n.) A soft, pulsating, hollow tumor, containing blood, arising from the preternatural dilation or rupture of the coats of an artery.

Aphetism (n.) An aphetized form of a word.

Aphorism (n.) A comprehensive maxim or principle expressed in a few words; a sharply defined sentence relating to abstract truth rather than to practical matters.

Aramaism (n.) An idiom of the Aramaic.

Archaism (a.) An ancient, antiquated, or old-fashioned, word, expression, or idiom; a word or form of speech no longer in common use.

Archaism (a.) Antiquity of style or use; obsoleteness.

Arianism (n.) The doctrines of the Arians.

Asterism (n.) A constellation.

Asterism (n.) A small cluster of stars.

Asterism (n.) An asterisk, or mark of reference.

Asterism (n.) Three asterisks placed in this manner, /, to direct attention to a particular passage.

Asterism (n.) An optical property of some crystals which exhibit a star-shaped by reflected light, as star sapphire, or by transmitted light, as some mica.

Atropism (n.) A condition of the system produced by long use of belladonna.

Atticism (n.) A favoring of, or attachment to, the Athenians.

Atticism (n.) The style and idiom of the Greek language, used by the Athenians; a concise and elegant expression.

Bathmism (n.) See Vital force.

Bitheism (n.) Belief in the existence of two gods; dualism.

Boodhism (n.) Same as Buddhism.

Brownism (n.) The views or teachings of Robert Brown of the Brownists.

Brownism (n.) The doctrines of the Brunonian system of medicine. See Brunonian.

Cabalism (n.) The secret science of the cabalists.

Cabalism (n.) A superstitious devotion to the mysteries of the religion which one professes.

Cesarism (n.) See Caesarism.

Chartism (n.) The principles of a political party in England (1838-48), which contended for universal suffrage, the vote by ballot, annual parliaments, equal electoral districts, and other radical reforms, as set forth in a document called the People's Charter.

Chromism (n.) Same as Chromatism.

Citicism (n.) The manners of a cit or citizen.

Civicism (n.) The principle of civil government.

Cliquism (n.) The tendency to associate in cliques; the spirit of cliques.

Cullyism (n.) The state of being a cully.

Cynicism (n.) The doctrine of the Cynics; the quality of being cynical; the mental state, opinions, or conduct, of a cynic; morose and contemptuous views and opinions.

Dandyism (n.) The manners and dress of a dandy; foppishness.

Demonism (n.) The belief in demons or false gods.

Devilism (n.) The state of the devil or of devils; doctrine of the devil or of devils.

Dioecism (n.) The condition of being dioecious.

Ditheism (n.) The doctrine of those who maintain the existence of two gods or of two original principles (as in Manicheism), one good and one evil; dualism.

Docetism (n.) The doctrine of the Docetae.

Donatism (n.) The tenets of the Donatists.

Doricism (n.) A Doric phrase or idiom.

Druidism (n.) The system of religion, philosophy, and instruction, received and taught by the Druids; the rites and ceremonies of the Druids.

Dynamism (n.) The doctrine of Leibnitz, that all substance involves force.

Embolism (n.) Intercalation; the insertion of days, months, or years, in an account of time, to produce regularity; as, the embolism of a lunar month in the Greek year.

Embolism (n.) Intercalated time.

Embolism (n.) The occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus. Embolism in the brain often produces sudden unconsciousness and paralysis.

Erethism (n.) A morbid degree of excitement or irritation in an organ.

Ergotism (n.) A logical deduction.

Ergotism (n.) A diseased condition produced by eating rye affected with the ergot fungus.

Essenism (n.) The doctrine or the practices of the Essenes.

Euphuism (n.) An affectation of excessive elegance and refinement of language; high-flown diction.

Exorcism (n.) The act of exorcising; the driving out of evil spirits from persons or places by conjuration; also, the form of conjuration used.

Exorcism (n.) Conjuration for raising spirits.

Familism (n.) The tenets of the Familists.

Fanatism (n.) Fanaticism.

Faradism (n.) Alt. of Faradization

Fatalism (n.) The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they take place by inevitable necessity.

Feticism (n.) See Fetichism.

Galenism (n.) The doctrines of Galen.

Gipsyism (n.) See Gypsyism.

Gypsyism (n.) The arts and practices or habits of gypsies; deception; cheating; flattery.

Gypsyism (n.) The state of a gypsy.

Hebraism (n.) A Hebrew idiom or custom; a peculiar expression or manner of speaking in the Hebrew language.

Hebraism (n.) The type of character of the Hebrews.

Hegelism (n.) The system of logic and philosophy set forth by Hegel, a German writer (1770-1831).

Helotism (n.) The condition of the Helots or slaves in Sparta; slavery.

Hetarism (n.) A supposed primitive state of society, in which all the women of a tribe were held in common.

Hinduism (n.) The religious doctrines and rites of the Hindoos; Brahmanism.

Humanism (n.) Human nature or disposition; humanity.

Humanism (n.) The study of the humanities; polite learning.

Humorism (n.) The theory founded on the influence which the humors were supposed to have in the production of disease; Galenism.

Humorism (n.) The manner or disposition of a humorist; humorousness.

Idealism (n.) The quality or state of being ideal.

Idealism (n.) Conception of the ideal; imagery.

Idealism (n.) The system or theory that denies the existence of material bodies, and teaches that we have no rational grounds to believe in the reality of anything but ideas and their relations.

Identism (n.) The doctrine taught by Schelling, that matter and mind, and subject and object, are identical in the Absolute; -- called also the system / doctrine of identity.

Idiotism (n.) An idiom; a form, mode of expression, or signification, peculiar to a language.

Idiotism (n.) Lack of knowledge or mental capacity; idiocy; foolishness.

Incivism (n.) Want of civism; want of patriotism or love to one's country; unfriend

Iotacism (n.) The frequent use of the sound of iota (that of English e in be), as among the modern Greeks; also, confusion from sounding /, /, /, /, //, etc., like /.

Irishism (n.) A mode of speaking peculiar to the Irish; an Hibernicism.

Islamism (n.) The faith, doctrines, or religious system of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islam.

Jingoism (n.) The policy of the Jingoes, so called. See Jingo, 2.

Laconism (n.) A vigorous, brief manner of expression; laconic style.

Laconism (n.) An instance of laconic style or expression.

Latinism (n.) A Latin idiom; a mode of speech peculiar to Latin; also, a mode of speech in another language, as English, formed on a Latin model.

Legalism (n.) Strictness, or the doctrine of strictness, in conforming to law.

Levelism (n.) The disposition or endeavor to level all distinctions of rank in society.

Localism (n.) The state or quality of being local; affection for a particular place.

Localism (n.) A method of speaking or acting peculiar to a certain district; a local idiom or phrase.

Lyricism (n.) A lyric composition.

Mazdeism (n.) The Zoroastrian religion.

Melanism (n.) An undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages; -- the opposite of albinism.

Melanism (n.) A disease; black jaundice. See Mel/na.

Metacism (n.) A defect in pronouncing the letter m, or a too frequent use of it.

Mimetism (n.) Same as Mimicry.

Molinism (n.) The doctrines of the Molinists, somewhat resembling the tenets of the Arminians.

Moralism (n.) A maxim or saying embodying a moral truth.

Mutacism (n.) See Mytacism.

Mytacism (n.) Too frequent use of the letter m, or of the sound represented by it.

Nativism (n.) The disposition to favor the native inhabitants of a country, in preference to immigrants from foreign countries.

Nativism (n.) The doctrine of innate ideas, or that the mind possesses forms of thought independent of sensation.

Naturism (n.) The belief or doctrine that attributes everything to nature as a sanative agent.

Nepotism (n.) Undue attachment to relations; favoritism shown to members of one's family; bestowal of patronage in consideration of relationship, rather than of merit or of legal claim.

Nihilism (n.) Nothingness; nihility.

Nihilism (n.) The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to all knowledge and all reality.

Nihilism (n.) The theories and practices of the Nihilists.

Nomadism (n.) The state of being a nomad.

Novelism (n.) Innovation.

Optimism (n.) The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature, being the work of God, is ordered for the best, or that the ordering of things in the universe is such as to produce the highest good.

Optimism (n.) A disposition to take the most hopeful view; -- opposed to pessimism.

Organism (n.) Organic structure; organization.

Organism (n.) An organized being; a living body, either vegetable or animal, compozed of different organs or parts with functions which are separate, but mutually dependent, and essential to the life of the individual.

Paganism (n.) The state of being pagan; pagan characteristics; esp., the worship of idols or false gods, or the system of religious opinions and worship maintained by pagans; heathenism.

Paludism (n.) The morbid phenomena produced by dwelling among marshes; malarial disease or disposition.

Panzoism (n.) A term used to denote all of the elements or factors which constitute vitality or vital energy.

Partyism (n.) Devotion to party.

Petalism (n.) A form of sentence among the ancient Syracusans by which they banished for five years a citizen suspected of having dangerous influence or ambition. It was similar to the ostracism in Athens; but olive leaves were used instead of shells for ballots.

Phallism (n.) The worship of the generative principle in nature, symbolized by the phallus.

Phrenism (n.) See Vital force, under Vital.

Pilotism (n.) Alt. of Pilotry

Plumbism (n.) A diseased condition, produced by the absorption of lead, common among workers in this metal or in its compounds, as among painters, typesetters, etc. It is characterized by various symptoms, as lead colic, lead

Priapism (n.) More or less permanent erection and rigidity of the penis, with or without sexual desire.

Priggism (n.) The quality or state of being priggish; the manners of a prig.

Priggism (n.) Roguery; thievery.

Prosaism (n.) That which is in the form of prose writing; a prosaic manner.

Psellism (n.) Indistinct pronunciation; stammering.

Psephism (n.) A proposition adopted by a majority of votes; especially, one adopted by vote of the Athenian people; a statute.

Psychism (n.) The doctrine of Quesne, that there is a fluid universally diffused, end equally animating all living beings, the difference in their actions being due to the difference of the individual organizations.

Ptyalism (n.) Salivation, or an excessive flow of saliva.

Pugilism (n.) The practice of boxing, or fighting with the fist.

Puppyism (n.) Extreme meanness, affectation, conceit, or impudence.

Puseyism (n.) The principles of Dr. Pusey and others at Oxford, England, as exhibited in various publications, esp. in a series which appeared from 1833 to 1841, designated " Tracts for the Times;" tractarianism. See Tractarianism.

Putanism (n.) Habitual lewdness or prostitution of a woman; harlotry.

Quackism (n.) Quackery.

Quietism (n.) Peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction.

Quietism (n.) The system of the Quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the withdrawal of the mind from worldly interests and anxieties and its constant employment in the passive contemplation of God and his attributes.

Quindism (n.) A fifteenth.

Quizzism (n.) The act or habit of quizzing.

Regalism (n.) The doctrine of royal prerogative or supremacy.

Rigorism (n.) Rigidity in principle or practice; strictness; -- opposed to laxity.

Rigorism (n.) Severity, as of style, or the like.

Romanism (n.) The tenets of the Church of Rome; the Roman Catholic religion.

Rotacism (n.) See Rhotacism.

Rowdyism (n.) the conduct of a rowdy.

Royalism (n.) the principles or conduct of royalists.

Ruralism (n.) The quality or state of being rural; ruralness.

Ruralism (n.) A rural idiom or expression.

Sabaeism (n.) Alt. of Sabaism

Saintism (n.) The character or quality of saints; also, hypocritical pretense of ho

Satanism (n.) The evil and malicious disposition of Satan; a diabolical spirit.

Savagism (n.) The state of being savage; the state of rude, uncivilized men, or of men in their native wildness and rudeness.

Saxonism (n.) An idiom of the Saxon or Anglo-Saxon language.

Scaphism (n.) An ancient mode of punishing criminals among the Persians, by confining the victim in a trough, with his head and limbs smeared with honey or the like, and exposed to the sun and to insects until he died.

Sciolism (n.) The knowledge of a sciolist; superficial knowledge.

Sclavism (n.) Same as Slavism.

Scribism (n.) The character and opinions of a Jewish scribe in the time of Christ.

Semitism (n.) A Semitic idiom; a word of Semitic origin.

Sensuism (n.) Sensualism.

Sinapism (n.) A plaster or poultice composed principally of powdered mustard seed, or containing the volatile oil of mustard seed. It is a powerful irritant.

Sintoism () Alt. of Sintoist

Snobbism (n.) Snobbery.

Solecism (n.) An impropriety or incongruity of language in the combination of words or parts of a sentence; esp., deviation from the idiom of a language or from the rules of syntax.

Solecism (n.) Any inconsistency, unfitness, absurdity, or impropriety, as in deeds or manners.

Solidism (n.) The doctrine that refers all diseases to morbid changes of the solid parts of the body. It rests on the view that the solids alone are endowed with vital properties, and can receive the impression of agents tending to produce disease.

Stahlism (n.) Alt. of Stahlianism

Stoicism (n.) The opinions and maxims of the Stoics.

Stoicism (n.) A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

Strabism (n.) Strabismus.

Technism (n.) Technicality.

Thomaism (n.) The doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, esp. with respect to predestination and grace.

Thuggism (n.) Thuggee.

Toadyism (n.) The practice of meanly fawning on another; base sycophancy; servile adulation.

Totemism (n.) The system of distinguishing families, clans, etc., in a tribe by the totem.

Totemism (n.) Superstitious regard for a totem; the worship of any real or imaginary object; nature worship.

Traulism (n.) A stammering or stuttering.

Tutorism (n.) Tutorship.

Tyronism (n.) The state of being a tyro, or beginner.

Ultraism (n.) The principles of those who advocate extreme measures, as radical reform, and the like.

Unionism (n.) The sentiment of attachment to a federal union, especially to the federal union of the United States.

Unionism (n.) The principles, or the system, of combination among workmen engaged in the same occupation or trade.

Untruism (n.) Something not true; a false statement.

Vitalism (n.) The doctrine that all the functions of a living organism are due to an unknown vital principle distinct from all chemical and physical forces.

Vocalism (n.) The exercise of the vocal organs; vocalization.

Vocalism (n.) A vocalic sound.

Vowelism (n.) The use of vowels.

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