• anachronism

    An anachronism is something that is out of place because it is set in the wrong time period.

  • recidivism

    Recidivism is someone's falling back into an undesirable activity—especially crime—after they had temporarily refrained from committing such acts.

  • paroxysm

    A paroxysm is a sudden uncontrolled expression of emotion or a short attack of pain, coughing, or shaking.

  • atavism

    Atavism is the reappearance of a genetic feature that has been missing for generations; it can also refer to a manner or style that resurfaces after a period of absence.

  • schism

    A schism causes a group or organization to divide into two groups as a result of differences in their aims and beliefs.

  • fanaticism

    Fanaticism is the condition of being overly enthusiastic or eager about a cause to the point of being extreme and unreasonable about it.

  • alcoholism

    habitual intoxication

  • autism

    (psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self

  • barbarianism

    the condition of acting like a person who is uneducated, rude, or uncivilized

  • magnetism

    attraction for iron

  • microorganism

    any organism of microscopic size

  • mongolism

    a congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome

  • pauperism

    a state of extreme poverty or destitution

  • rheumatism

    any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues

  • truism

    an obvious truth

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