[ kuh-myoon-l-ahyz, kom-yuh-nl- ]
/ kəˈmyun lˌaɪz, ˈkɒm yə nl- /
verb (used with object), com·mu·nal·ized, com·mu·nal·iz·ing.
They Call It Puppy Love And Other Animal-inspired PhrasesWe often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism . Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism . Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from …
Also especially British, com·mu·nal·ise.
Related formscom·mu·nal·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for communalize
/ (ˈkɒmjʊnəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to render (something) the property of a commune or community
Derived Formscommunalization or communalisation, nouncommunalizer or communaliser, noun
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