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hypostatize

[hahy-pos-tuh-tahyz, hi-]
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verb (used with object), hy·pos·ta·tized, hy·pos·ta·tiz·ing.
  1. to treat or regard (a concept, idea, etc.) as a distinct substance or reality.
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Also especially British, hy·pos·ta·tise.

Origin of hypostatize

1820–30; < Greek hypostat(ós) (see hypostatic) + -ize
Related formshy·pos·ta·ti·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for hypostatize

Historical Examples

  • If we apply it also to qualities of things, we hypostatize the abstract quality.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

    Isaac Husik

  • We are aware that "the tendency of modern thought" is to hypostatize force and intelligence, and conceive them as entities.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker


British Dictionary definitions for hypostatize

hypostatize

hypostatise

verb (tr)
  1. to regard or treat as real
  2. to embody or personify
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Derived Formshypostatization or hypostatisation, noun
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