re·​ifi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌrā-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce reification (audio) , ˌrē- \

Definition of reification

: the process or result of reifying

Examples of reification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dangerous demagogues use reification to position opposition as less than human, thereby denying their standing to criticize or object. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "A field guide to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric," 19 June 2020 Does the reification of objectivity and detachment in the discipline serve to reinforce status hierarchies more than produce sound science? WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Doubting Objectivity," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of reification

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Reification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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