[ hahy-pos-tuh-tahyz, hi- ]
/ haɪˈpɒs təˌtaɪz, hɪ- /
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verb (used with object), hy·pos·ta·tized, hy·pos·ta·tiz·ing.
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
First recorded in 1820–30; from Greek hypostatós, hypóstatos “set under, (in Stoic philosophy) substantially existing” (see hypostatic) + -ize
OTHER WORDS FROM hypostatizehy·pos·ta·ti·za·tion, noun
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How to use hypostatize in a sentence
Indeed, for him, God would seem to be merely a focus imaginarius of Life and Spirit, a "hypostatization" of la duree.Bergson and His Philosophy|J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for hypostatize
/ (haɪˈpɒstəˌtaɪz) /
to regard or treat as real
to embody or personify
Derived forms of hypostatizehypostatization or hypostatisation, noun
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