zoism

zoism

(ˈzəʊɪzəm)
n
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a reverence for animal life or a belief in magical animal powers
2. (Philosophy) a doctrine that life is due to a certain vital force
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zoism

1. Philosophy. a doctrine that the phenomena of life are controlled by a vital principle, as Bergson’s élan vital.
2. a high regard for animal life.
3. a belief in animal magnetism. — zoist, n. — zoistic, adj.
See also: Life
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