[ uhb-jek-tuh-fi-key-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or an instance of treating a person as an object or thing: The objectification of women in the media teaches girls that all they have to offer is their body and face, and they should expend all their effort on physical appearance.

  2. the act or practice of regarding the natural world, or any part of it, solely as an inanimate object of study or exploitation with no intrinsic relationship to human beings: This scientific approach—the objectification of nature, an inability to look beyond its physical aspects—is what Thoreau was rebelling against during his sojourn at Walden Pond.

  1. the act or practice of presenting an idea, feeling, or other abstraction as a concrete object that can be seen, touched, etc.: This approach to the material culture of clothing understands clothes in terms of their objectification of cultural values.

Origin of objectification


Other words from objectification

  • de-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • non·ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • self-ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun

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How to use objectification in a sentence

  • Schopenhauer conceived reality as Will which was driven to objectification by a sinful bent eternally existing in its nature.

  • Language is the medium through which objectification takes place.

  • And we have traveled the road familiar to many nursing scholars, the road of expertise in objectification and quantification.

    Nursing as Caring | Anne Boykin
  • Nor is it hard to find the ground of this survival in the sense of beauty of an objectification of feeling elsewhere extinct.

    The Sense of Beauty | George Santayana
  • These circumstances prevent the ready objectification of our pleasure in the map itself.

    The Sense of Beauty | George Santayana