animism

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noun an·i·mism \ˈa-nə-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of animism

  1. 1 :  a doctrine that the vital principle of organic development is immaterial spirit

  2. 2 :  attribution of conscious life to objects in and phenomena of nature or to inanimate objects

  3. 3 :  belief in the existence of spirits separable from bodies

animist

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animistic

play \ˌa-nə-ˈmis-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of animism

German Animismus, from Latin anima soul


First Known Use: 1832


ANIMISM Defined for English Language Learners

animism

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noun an·i·mism \ˈa-nə-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of animism for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that all plants, animals, and objects have spirits


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animism

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noun an·i·mism \ˈan-ə-ˌmiz-əm\

Medical Definition of animism

  1. 1:  a doctrine that the vital principle of organic development is immaterial spirit

  2. 2:  attribution of conscious life to nature or natural objects

animist

\-məst\play noun

animistic

\ˌan-ə-ˈmis-tik\play adjective

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