animatism


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an·i·ma·tism

 (ăn′ə-mĭ-tĭz′əm)
n.
A belief that all animate and inanimate objects are infused with a common life force.

an′i·ma·tist adj. & n.
an·i·ma·tis′tic adj.

animatism

(ˈænɪməˌtɪzəm)
n
the belief that inanimate objects have consciousness

animatism

the assignment to inanimate objects, forces, and plants of personalities and wills, but not souls. — animatistic, adj.
See also: Inanimate Objects
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animatism - the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stonesanimatism - the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
ascription, attribution - assigning to a cause or source; "the attribution of lighting to an expression of God's wrath"; "he questioned the attribution of the painting to Picasso"