9 letter words ending in ism

Academism (n.) The doctrines of the Academic philosophy.

Albinoism (n.) The state or condition of being an albino; albinism.

Amorphism (n.) A state of being amorphous; esp. a state of being without crystallization even in the minutest particles, as in glass, opal, etc.

Anabolism (n.) The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished from katabolism.

Analogism (n.) an argument from the cause to the effect; an a priori argument.

Analogism (n.) Investigation of things by the analogy they bear to each other.

Anarchism (n.) The doctrine or practice of anarchists.

Anatocism (n.) Compound interest.

Anatomism (n.) The application of the principles of anatomy, as in art.

Anatomism (n.) The doctrine that the anatomical structure explains all the phenomena of the organism or of animal life.

Anglicism (n.) An English idiom; a phrase or form language peculiar to the English.

Anglicism (n.) The quality of being English; an English characteristic, custom, or method.

Animalism (n.) The state, activity, or enjoyment of animals; mere animal life without intellectual or moral qualities; sensuality.

Anomalism (n.) An anomaly; a deviation from rule.

Anthorism (n.) A description or definition contrary to that which is given by the adverse party.

Apriorism (n.) An a priori principle.

Athletism (n.) The state or practice of an athlete; the characteristics of an athlete.

Atomicism (n.) Atomism.

Authorism (n.) Authorship.

Averroism (n.) The tenets of the Averroists.

Barbarism (n.) An uncivilized state or condition; rudeness of manners; ignorance of arts, learning, and literature; barbarousness.

Barbarism (n.) A barbarous, cruel, or brutal action; an outrage.

Barbarism (n.) An offense against purity of style or language; any form of speech contrary to the pure idioms of a particular language. See Solecism.

Beggarism (n.) Beggary.

Biblicism (n.) Learning or literature relating to the Bible.

Bicyclism (n.) The art of riding a bicycle.

Bimastism (n.) The condition of having two mammae or teats.

Bletonism (n.) The supposed faculty of perceiving subterraneous springs and currents by sensation; -- so called from one Bleton, of France.

Brahmoism (n.) The religious system of Brahmo-somaj.

Briticism (n.) A word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to Great Britain; any manner of using a word or words that is peculiar to Great Britain.

Brutalism (n.) Brutish quality; brutality.

Caesarism (n.) A system of government in which unrestricted power is exercised by a single person, to whom, as Caesar or emperor, it has been committed by the popular will; imperialism; also, advocacy or support of such a system of government.

Calvinism (n.) The theological tenets or doctrines of John Calvin (a French theologian and reformer of the 16th century) and his followers, or of the so-called calvinistic churches.

Carnalism (n.) The state of being carnal; carnality; sensualism.

Casualism (n.) The doctrine that all things exist or are controlled by chance.

Catechism (n.) A form of instruction by means of questions and answers.

Catechism (n.) A book containing a summary of principles, especially of religious doctrine, reduced to the form of questions and answers.

Cauterism (n.) The use or application of a caustic; cautery.

Celticism (n.) A custom of the Celts, or an idiom of their language.

Centonism (n.) The composition of a cento; the act or practice of composing a cento or centos.

Chaldaism (n.) An idiom or peculiarity in the Chaldee dialect.

Churchism (n.) Strict adherence to the forms or principles of some church organization; sectarianism.

Commatism (n.) Conciseness in writing.

Communism (n.) A scheme of equalizing the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all.

Congruism (n.) See Congruity.

Creticism (n.) Falsehood; lying; cretism.

Cretinism (n.) A condition of endemic or inherited idiocy, accompanied by physical degeneracy and deformity (usually with goiter), frequent in certain mountain valleys, esp. of the Alps.

Criticism (n.) The rules and principles which regulate the practice of the critic; the art of judging with knowledge and propriety of the beauties and faults of a literary performance, or of a production in the fine arts; as, dramatic criticism.

Criticism (n.) The act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed examination and review; a critique; animadversion; censure.

Curialism (n.) The view or doctrine of the ultramontane party in the Latin Church.

Cyphonism (n.) A punishment sometimes used by the ancients, consisting in the besmearing of the criminal with honey, and exposing him to insects. It is still in use among some Oriental nations.

Daltonism (n.) Inability to perceive or distinguish certain colors, esp. red; color blindness. It has various forms and degrees. So called from the chemist Dalton, who had this infirmity.

Darwinism (n.) The theory or doctrines put forth by Darwin. See above.

Dentalism (n.) The quality of being formed by the aid of the teeth.

Despotism (n.) The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.

Despotism (n.) A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.

Diabolism (n.) Character, action, or principles appropriate to the devil.

Diabolism (n.) Possession by the devil.

Dialogism (n.) An imaginary speech or discussion between two or more; dialogue.

Dichroism (n.) The property of presenting different colors by transmitted light, when viewed in two different directions, the colors being unlike in the direction of unlike or unequal axes.

Dicrotism (n.) A condition in which there are two beats or waves of the arterial pulse to each beat of the heart.

Dogmatism (n.) The manner or character of a dogmatist; arrogance or positiveness in stating opinion.

Egotheism (n.) The deification of self.

Epicurism (n.) The doctrines of Epicurus.

Epicurism (n.) Epicurean habits of living; luxury.

Epilogism (n.) Enumeration; computation.

Epipolism (n.) See Fluorescence.

Eremitism (n.) The state of a hermit; a living in seclusion from social life.

Eroticism (n.) Erotic quality.

Erythrism (n.) A condition of excessive redness. See Erythrochroism.

Ethnicism (n.) Heathenism; paganism; idolatry.

Eunuchism (n.) The state of being eunuch.

Euphemism (n.) A figure in which a harts or indelicate word or expression is softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression; a mild name for something disagreeable.

Euphonism (n.) An agreeable combination of sounds; euphony.

Exoticism (n.) The state of being exotic; also, anything foreign, as a word or idiom; an exotic.

Fenianism (n.) The principles, purposes, and methods of the Fenians.

fetichism (n.) Alt. of Fetishism

Fetishism (n.) The doctrine or practice of belief in fetiches.

Fetishism (n.) Excessive devotion to one object or one idea; abject superstition; blind adoration.

Fetishism (a.) Alt. of Fetishistic

Feudalism (n.) The feudal system; a system by which the holding of estates in land is made dependent upon an obligation to render military service to the kind or feudal superior; feudal principles and usages.

Flunlyism (n.) The quality or characteristics of a flunky; readiness to cringe to those who are superior in wealth or position; toadyism.

Formalism (n.) The practice or the doctrine of strict adherence to, or dependence on, external forms, esp. in matters of religion.

Fossilism (n.) The science or state of fossils.

Fossilism (n.) The state of being extremely antiquated in views and opinions.

Frenchism (n.) A French mode or characteristic; an idiom peculiar to the French language.

Frivolism (n.) Frivolity.

Gallicism (n.) A mode of speech peculiar to the French; a French idiom; also, in general, a French mode or custom.

Galvanism (n.) Electricity excited by the mutual action of certain liquids and metals; dynamical electricity.

Galvanism (n.) The branch of physical science which treats of dynamical elecricity, or the properties and effects of electrical currents.

Gargarism (n.) A gargle.

Gentilism (n.) Hethenism; paganism; the worship of false gods.

Gentilism (n.) Tribal feeling; devotion to one's gens.

Geomalism (n.) The tendency of an organism to respond, during its growth, to the force of gravitation.

Germanism (n.) An idiom of the German language.

Germanism (n.) A characteristic of the Germans; a characteristic German mode, doctrine, etc.; rationalism.

Gothicism (n.) A Gothic idiom.

Gothicism (n.) Conformity to the Gothic style of architecture.

Gothicism (n.) Rudeness of manners; barbarousness.

Hectorism (n.) The disposition or the practice of a hector; a bullying.

Hellenism (n.) A phrase or form of speech in accordance with genius and construction or idioms of the Greek language; a Grecism.

Hellenism (n.) The type of character of the ancient Greeks, who aimed at culture, grace, and amenity, as the chief elements in human well-being and perfection.

Herbalism (n.) The knowledge of herbs.

Herpetism (n.) See Dartrous diathesis, under Dartrous.

Hetairism (n.) Alt. of Hetarism

Hindooism (n.) Alt. of Hinduism

Hunkerism (n.) Excessive conservatism; hostility to progress.

Hybridism (n.) The state or quality of being hybrid.

Hygienism (n.) Hygiene.

Hylozoism (n.) The doctrine that matter possesses a species of life and sensation, or that matter and life are inseparable.

Isogonism (n.) The quality of having similar sexual zooids or gonophores and dissimilar hydrants; -- said of certain hydroids.

Isomerism (n.) The state, quality, or relation, of two or more isomeric substances.

Italicism (n.) A phrase or idiom peculiar to the Italian language; to Italianism.

Italicism (n.) The use of Italics.

Jansenism (n.) The doctrine of Jansen regarding free will and divine grace.

Jesuitism (n.) The principles and practices of the Jesuits.

Jesuitism (n.) Cunning; deceit; deceptive practices to effect a purpose; subtle argument; -- an opprobrious use of the word.

Jockeyism (n.) The practice of jockeys.

Junkerism (n.) The principles of the aristocratic party in Prussia.

Labialism (n.) The quality of being labial; as, the labialism of an articulation; conversion into a labial, as of a sound which is different in another language.

Listerism (n.) The systematic use of antiseptics in the performance of operations and the treatment of wounds; -- so called from Joseph Lister, an English surgeon.

Londonism (n.) A characteristic of Londoners; a mode of speaking peculiar to London.

Lutherism (n.) The doctrines taught by Luther or held by the Lutheran Church.

Magnetism (n.) The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet.

Magnetism (n.) The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.

Magnetism (n.) Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.

Mammonism (n.) Devotion to the pursuit of wealth; world

Mangonism (n.) The art of mangonizing, or setting off to advantage.

Mannerism (n.) Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, or treatment, carried to excess, especially in literature or art.

Mechanism (n.) The arrangement or relation of the parts of a machine; the parts of a machine, taken collectively; the arrangement or relation of the parts of anything as adapted to produce an effect; as, the mechanism of a watch; the mechanism of a sewing machine; the mechanism of a seed pod.

Mechanism (n.) Mechanical operation or action.

Mechanism (n.) An ideal machine; a combination of movable bodies constituting a machine, but considered only with regard to relative movements.

Meliorism (n.) The doctrine that there is a tendency throughout nature toward improvement.

Mephitism (n.) Same as Mephitis, 1.

Mercurism (n.) A communication of news; an announcement.

Mesmerism (n.) The art of inducing an extraordinary or abnormal state of the nervous system, in which the actor claims to control the actions, and communicate directly with the mind, of the recipient. See Animal magnetism, under Magnetism.

Meteorism (n.) Flatulent distention of the abdomen; tympanites.

Methodism (n.) The system of doctrines, polity, and worship, of the sect called Methodists.

Modernism (n.) Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.

Monachism (n.) The system and influences of a monastic life; monasticism.

Monoecism (n.) The state or condition of being monoecious.

Mormonism (n.) The doctrine, system, and practices of the Mormons.

Mutualism (n.) The doctrine of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare.

Mysticism (n.) Obscurity of doctrine.

Mysticism (n.) The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith.

Narcotism (n.) Narcosis; the state of being narcotized.

Neologism (n.) The introduction of new words, or the use of old words in a new sense.

Neologism (n.) A new word, phrase, or expression.

Neologism (n.) A new doctrine; specifically, rationalism.

Neoterism (n.) An innovation or novelty; a neoteric word or phrase.

Nephalism (n.) Total abstinence from spirituous liquor.

Normanism (n.) A Norman idiom; a custom or expression peculiar to the Normans.

Occultism (n.) A certain Oriental system of theosophy.

Orangeism (n.) Attachment to the principles of the society of Orangemen; the tenets or practices of the Orangemen.

Origenism (n.) The opinions of Origen of Alexandria, who lived in the 3d century, one of the most learned of the Greek Fathers. Prominent in his teaching was the doctrine that all created beings, including Satan, will ultimately be saved.

Orphanism (n.) Orphanhood.

Ostracism (n.) Banishment by popular vote, -- a means adopted at Athens to rid the city of a person whose talent and influence gave umbrage.

Ostracism (n.) Banishment; exclusion; as, social ostracism.

Pandarism (n.) Same as Panderism.

Panderism (n.) The employment, arts, or practices of a pander.

Pantheism (n.) The doctrine that the universe, taken or conceived of as a whole, is God; the doctrine that there is no God but the combined force and laws which are manifested in the existing universe; cosmotheism.

Parseeism (n.) The religion and customs of the Parsees.

Pathetism (n.) See Mesmerism.

Pauperism (n.) The state of being a pauper; the state of indigent persons requiring support from the community.

Pedantism (n.) The office, disposition, or act of a pedant; pedantry.

Perkinism (n.) A remedial treatment, by drawing the pointed extremities of two rods, each of a different metal, over the affected part; tractoration, -- first employed by Dr. Elisha Perkins of Norwich, Conn. See Metallotherapy.

Pessimism (n.) The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the world is wholly evil; -- opposed to optimism.

Pessimism (n.) A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things.

Phonetism (n.) The science which treats of vocal sounds.

Physicism (n.) The tendency of the mind toward, or its preoccupation with, physical phenomena; materialism in philosophy and religion.

Pindarism (n.) Imitation of Pindar.

Platonism (n.) The doctrines or philosophy by Plato or of his followers.

Platonism (n.) An elevated rational and ethical conception of the laws and forces of the universe; sometimes, imaginative or fantastic philosophical notions.

Pluralism (n.) The quality or state of being plural, or in the plural number.

Pluralism (n.) The state of a pluralist; the holding of more than one ecclesiastical living at a time.

Plutonism (n.) The theory, early advanced in geology, that the successive rocks of the earth's crust were formed by igneous fusion; -- opposed to the Neptunian theory.

Prelatism (n.) Prelacy; episcopacy.

Prettyism (n.) Affectation of a pretty style, manner, etc.

Priestism (n.) The influence, doctrines, principles, etc., of priests or the priesthood.

Pythonism (n.) The art of predicting events after the manner of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi; equivocal prophesying.

Quakerism (n.) The peculiar character, manners, tenets, etc., of the Quakers.

Quininism (n.) Alt. of Quinism

Quixotism (n.) That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry.

Rabbinism (n.) A rabbinic expression or phraseology; a peculiarity of the language of the rabbins.

Rabbinism (n.) The teachings and traditions of the rabbins.

Ranterism (n.) The practice or tenets of the Ranters.

Rebaptism (n.) A second baptism.

Rhotacism (n.) An oversounding, or a misuse, of the letter r; specifically (Phylol.), the tendency, exhibited in the Indo-European languages, to change s to r, as wese to were.

Ribbonism (n.) The principles and practices of the Ribbonmen. See Ribbon Society, under Ribbon.

Ritualism (n.) A system founded upon a ritual or prescribed form of religious worship; adherence to, or observance of, a ritual.

Routinism (n.) the practice of doing things with undiscriminating, mechanical regularity.

Sabbatism (n.) Intermission of labor, as upon the Sabbath; rest.

Sabianism (n.) The doctrine of the Sabians; the Sabian religion; that species of idolatry which consists in worshiping the sun, moon, and stars; heliolatry.

Sadducism (n.) The tenets of the Sadducees.

Saturnism (n.) Plumbism.

Sectarism (n.) Sectarianism.

Shakerism (n.) Doctrines of the Shakers.

Shamanism (n.) The type of religion which once prevalied among all the Ural-Altaic peoples (Tungusic, Mongol, and Turkish), and which still survives in various parts of Northern Asia. The Shaman, or wizard priest, deals with good as well as with evil spirits, especially the good spirits of ancestors.

Shemitism (n.) See Semitism.

Shintiism (n.) One of the two great systems of religious belief in Japan. Its essence is ancestor worship, and sacrifice to dead heroes.

Shoddyism (n.) The quality or state of being shoddy.

Socratism (n.) The philosophy or the method of Socrates.

Solipsism (n.) Egotism.

Solipsism (n.) Egoism.

Somnolism (n.) The somnolent state induced by animal magnetism.

Soofeeism () Same as Sufi, Sufism.

Spinozism (n.) The form of Pantheism taught by Benedict Spinoza, that there is but one substance, or infinite essence, in the universe, of which the so-called material and spiritual beings and phenomena are only modes, and that one this one substance is God.

Spiritism (n.) Spiritualsm.

Stimulism (n.) The theory of medical practice which regarded life as dependent upon stimulation, or excitation, and disease as caused by excess or deficiency in the amount of stimulation.

Stimulism (n.) The practice of treating disease by alcoholic stimulants.

Subtilism (n.) The quality or state of being subtile; subtility; subtlety.

Suicidism (n.) The quality or state of being suicidal, or self-murdering.

Sutteeism (n.) The practice of self-immolation of widows in Hindostan.

Syllabism (n.) The expressing of the sounds of a language by syllables, rather than by an alphabet or by signs for words.

Symbolism (n.) The act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized; as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation of truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs, and forms.

Symbolism (n.) A system of symbols or representations.

Symbolism (n.) The practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby.

Symbolism (n.) A combining together of parts or ingredients.

Symbolism (n.) The science of creeds; symbolics.

Synergism (n.) The doctrine or theory, attributed to Melanchthon, that in the regeneration of a human soul there is a cooperation, or joint agency, on the part both of God and of man.

Syriacism (n.) A Syrian idiom; a Syrianism.

Syrianism (n.) A Syrian idiom, or a peculiarity of the Syrian language; a Syriacism.

Tantalism (n.) A punishment like that of Tantalus; a teasing or tormenting by the hope or near approach of good which is not attainable; tantalization.

Tarantism (n.) A nervous affection producing melancholy, stupor, and an uncontrollable desire to dance. It was supposed to be produced by the bite of the tarantula, and considered to be incapable of cure except by protracted dancing to appropriate music.

Tarentism (n.) See Tarantism.

Tellurism (n.) An hypothesis of animal magnetism propounded by Dr. Keiser, in Germany, in which the phenomena are ascribed to the agency of a telluric spirit or influence.

Terminism (n.) The doctrine held by the Terminists.

Terrorism (n.) The act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode of government by terror or intimidation.

Terrorism (n.) The practise of coercing governments to accede to political demands by committing violence on civilian targets; any similar use of violence to achieve goals.

Tribalism (n.) The state of existing in tribes; also, tribal feeling; tribal prejudice or exclusiveness; tribal peculiarities or characteristics.

Tritheism (n.) The opinion or doctrine that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct Gods.

Vampirism (n.) Belief in the existence of vampires.

Vampirism (n.) The actions of a vampire; the practice of bloodsucking.

Vampirism (n.) Fig.: The practice of extortion.

Vandalism (n.) The spirit or conduct of the Vandals; ferocious cruelty; hostility to the arts and literature, or willful destruction or defacement of their monuments.

Verbalism (n.) Something expressed verbally; a verbal remark or expression.

Volcanism (n.) Volcanic power or action; volcanicity.

Voodooism (n.) A degraded form of superstition and sorcery, said to include human sacrifices and cannibalism in some of its rites. It is prevalent among the negroes of Hayti, and to some extent in the United States, and is regarded as a relic of African barbarism.

Vulcanism (n.) Volcanism.

Vulgarism (n.) Grossness; rudeness; vulgarity.

Vulgarism (n.) A vulgar phrase or expression.

Vulpinism (n.) The quality of being cunning like the fox; craft; artfulness.

Vulturism (n.) The quality or state of being like a vulture; rapaciousness.

Witticism (n.) A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit.

Yankeeism (n.) A Yankee idiom, word, custom, or the like.

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