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1. The belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena.
2. The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies.
3. The hypothesis holding that an immaterial force animates the universe.

[From Latin anima, soul; see anə- in Indo-European roots.]

an′i·mist n.
an′i·mis′tic adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animist - one who accepts the doctrine of animism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.animist - of or pertaining to the doctrine of animism


A. ADJanimista
B. Nanimista mf
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