the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
the belief that natural objects have souls that may exist apart from their material bodies.
the doctrine that the soul is the principle of life and health.
belief in spiritual beings or agencies.
- an·i·mist, adjective
- an·i·mis·tic [an-uh-mis-tik], /ˌæn əˈmɪs tɪk/, adjective
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How to use animism in a sentence
Instead, Dido might have engaged in small, everyday spiritual acts similar to those we see in animism, where spirits reside in all things rather than a handful of powerful deities.What archaeologists got wrong about female statues, goddesses, and fertility | Annalee Newitz | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
This was a new and sophisticated republication of savage animism.The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
Hence animism, Totemism, and their numerous subsidiary developments.Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
animism, an′im-izm, n. a theory which regards the belief in separate spiritual existences as the germ of religious ideas.
This represents a particular form of animism, for the soul of the ancestor is thought to become a god.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt
The sacrificial object is regarded as having a soul, quite in the sense of early animism.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt
British Dictionary definitions for animism
the belief that natural objects, phenomena, and the universe itself have desires and intentions
(in the philosophies of Plato and Pythagoras) the hypothesis that there is an immaterial force that animates the universe
- animist, noun
- animistic (ˌænɪˈmɪstɪk), adjective
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