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
animistplay \-mist\ noun
animisticplay \ˌa-nə-ˈmis-tik\ adjective
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Animism: The Gods’ Lake is an alternate reality game designed to explore aboriginal Canadian legends through a contemporary setting.
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Origin and Etymology of animism
German Animismus, from Latin anima soul
First Known Use: 1832See Words from the same year
ANIMISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of animism for English Language Learners
: the belief that all plants, animals, and objects have spirits
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