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animatism

[an-uh-muh-tiz-uh m] /ˈæn ə məˌtɪz əm/
noun
1.
the attribution of consciousness to inanimate objects and natural phenomena.
Origin of animatism
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; animate + -ism
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  • What truth there was in that doctrine is fully covered by animatism.

  • animatism, the animation theory of seemingly inanimate nature, is a further subdivision which also includes animatism and animism.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
British Dictionary definitions for animatism

animatism

/ˈænɪməˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
the belief that inanimate objects have consciousness
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