This ROOT-WORD is the Suffix ISM. It means DOCTRINE, SYSTEM, MANNER, CONDITION, ACT & CHARACTERISTIC. It has the quality of enlargement, and it carries you from the particular to the general, from the individual to the mass. Take the word Nazi and you have an individual who is associated with Nazism. But take Nazism and you have a system of government which murdered millions and millions of people of all nationalities. Take Charirs and you have one of the Graces, Charity. Take Charism and you have a divine or spiritual gift. Take Hinduism and you have the books of divinity and self.
1. Accidentalism : accidental ISM (ak si den’ tal iz um) n.
The theory that accidents happen without cause
2. Alcoholism : alcohol ISM (Al’ ko ho liz um) n.
A condition of addiction to alcoholic drinks
3. Americanism : American ISM (A mer’ i ka niz um) n.
A characteristic of the American image
4. Baptism : bapt ISM (bap’ tiz um) n.
Doctrine of ablution as a sign of purification
5. Barbarism : barbar ISM (bar’ bar iz um) n.
The manner of a barbarian
6. Colloquialism : colloquial ISM (ko lo’ kwee a liz um) n.
An informal style of speech
7. Despotism : despot ISM (des’ po tiz um) n.
A system of government that allows the ruler to govern absolutely
8. Exorcism : exorc ISM (Ek’ sor siz um) n.
The act of driving out an evil spirit
9. Heroism : hero ISM (her’ o iz um) n.
A courageous manner of acting
10. Jingoism : jingo ISM (jin’ go iz um) n.
A chauvinistic manner; aggressive policy displaying readiness to fight
11. Nazism : Naz ISM (Nat’ siz um) n.
Doctrine of the fascists of Germany
12. Nihilism : nihil ISM (nie’ hil iz um) n.
The doctrine of denial of the moral and spiritual objectives of man
13. Charisma : char ISM a (ka riz’ ma) n.
A diving gift
14. Plagiarism : plagiary ISM (play’ ji riz um) n.
The act of using as one’s own the words and ideas which belong to others
15. Quakerism : Quaker ISM (Kway’ ke riz um) n.
The doctrine of the Quakers
16. Realism : real ISM (ree’ a liz um) n.
The doctrine that allows only concern with fact and reality
17. Romanticism : romantic ISM (ro mant’ i siz um) n.
The tendency toward the romantic imagination and sentiment
18. Stoicism : Stoic ISM (Stoe’ i siz um) n.
The doctrine of the Greek Stoics
19. Terrorism : terror ISM (ter’ or iz um) n.
The system of government that uses terror intimidate
20. Totalitarianism : totalitarian ISM (to tal i tar’ ee a niz um) n.
The system of government that is based on authoritarian control
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