- to treat or regard (a concept, idea, etc.) as a distinct substance or reality.
Also especially British, hy·pos·ta·tise.
Origin of hypostatize
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Examples from the Web for hypostatize
If we apply it also to qualities of things, we hypostatize the abstract quality.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
We are aware that "the tendency of modern thought" is to hypostatize force and intelligence, and conceive them as entities.The Theistic Conception of the World
B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
- to regard or treat as real
- to embody or personify
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