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[an-uh-muh-tiz-uh m]
  1. the attribution of consciousness to inanimate objects and natural phenomena.
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Origin of animatism

First recorded in 1895–1900; animate + -ism
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Examples from the Web for animatism

Historical Examples

  • What truth there was in that doctrine is fully covered by Animatism.

    The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions

    Carveth Read

  • 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


  1. the belief that inanimate objects have consciousness
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