animism

noun
an·​i·​mism | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce animism (audio) \

Definition of animism

1 : a doctrine that the vital principle of organic development is immaterial spirit
2 : attribution of conscious life to objects in and phenomena of nature or to inanimate objects
3 : belief in the existence of spirits separable from bodies

Other Words from animism

animist \ ˈa-​nə-​mist How to pronounce animism (audio) \ noun
animistic \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈmi-​stik How to pronounce animism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of animism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The label, riffing on motifs, iconography, animism and proverbs from across the African continent, was a way for Masekela to pick up the elder Masekela’s mantle and stoke curiosity in the West. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2022 When attempting to explain love (and later, death), Heti slips from her biblical register into a kind of animism. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 Mountains in Korea are sacred places in animism and shamanism, whose traces can still be seen in Korean Seon Buddhism. Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Dec. 2021 This is vintage Lockwood: animism, eroticism, and absurdity, equal parts surrealist subconscious and vernacular Americana, stretched to the limits of grammar. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 This is vintage Lockwood: animism, eroticism, and absurdity, equal parts surrealist subconscious and vernacular Americana, stretched to the limits of grammar. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 This is vintage Lockwood: animism, eroticism, and absurdity, equal parts surrealist subconscious and vernacular Americana, stretched to the limits of grammar. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 This is vintage Lockwood: animism, eroticism, and absurdity, equal parts surrealist subconscious and vernacular Americana, stretched to the limits of grammar. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 This is vintage Lockwood: animism, eroticism, and absurdity, equal parts surrealist subconscious and vernacular Americana, stretched to the limits of grammar. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of animism

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for animism

German Animismus, from Latin anima soul

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15 Apr 2022

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“Animism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animism. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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animism

noun
an·​i·​mism | \ ˈan-ə-ˌmiz-əm How to pronounce animism (audio) \

Medical Definition of animism

1 : a doctrine that the vital principle of organic development is immaterial spirit
2 : attribution of conscious life to nature or natural objects

Other Words from animism

animist \ -​məst How to pronounce animism (audio) \ noun
animistic \ ˌan-​ə-​ˈmis-​tik How to pronounce animism (audio) \ adjective

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about animism

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