reification

[ ree-uh-fuh-key-shuhn, rey- ]
/ ˌri ə fəˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌreɪ- /

noun

the act of treating something abstract, such as an idea, relation, system, quality, etc., as if it were a concrete object:Defining “home” as if it were just a roof over one’s head, instead of the center of a web of relationships, leads in turn to the reification of homelessness.
the act of treating a person as a thing; objectification:The conference dealt with the issue of prostitution and the reification and trafficking of women.

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Example sentences from the Web for reification

  • This happened simultaneously with the reification of many other forms of human praxis: religion, the judiciary, the military.