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hypostatize

[hahy-pos-tuh-tahyz, hi-]
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 hypostatise

Historical Examples

  • When we attempt to conceive it as a reality, we “hypostatise the zero.”

    The Philosophy of the Conditioned

    H. L. Mansel


British Dictionary definitions for hypostatise

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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