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[uh b-jek-tuh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), ob·jec·ti·fied, ob·jec·ti·fy·ing.
  1. to present as an object, especially of sight, touch, or other physical sense; make objective; externalize.
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Origin of objectify

First recorded in 1830–40; object + -ify
Related formsob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounde-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounnon·ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·ob·jec·ti·fy, verb (used with object), o·ver·ob·jec·ti·fied, o·ver·ob·jec·ti·fy·ing.self-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounun·ob·jec·ti·fied, adjective
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Related Words for objectification

inclusion, apotheosis, comprehension, incorporation, archetype, epitome, personification, matter, integration, realization, type, form, symbol, incarnation, conformation, collection, embracement, formation, manifestation, exteriorization

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Historical Examples of objectification

  • Thus beauty is constituted by the objectification of pleasure.

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • Objectification the differentia of aesthetic pleasure, 44 et seq.

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • The measure (ratio) we project in our objectification can as well be a measure related to our perceptive system.

  • The imagination is subjective, personal, anthropocentric; its movement is from within outwards toward an objectification.

  • It is not so much their letter, as the underlying feeling of objectification and activity, that matters.


    Ezra Pound

British Dictionary definitions for objectification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to represent concretely; present as an object
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Derived Formsobjectification, noun
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Word Origin and History for objectification


1860, noun of action from objectify.

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1838, from Medieval Latin objectum (see object (n.)) + -fy. Related: Objectified; objectifying.

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