- to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.
Origin of reify
1850–55; < Latin rē(s) thing + -ify
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Examples from the Web for reification
This happened simultaneously with the reification of many other forms of human praxis: religion, the judiciary, the military.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- (tr) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify
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Word Origin and History for reification
1846, "act of materializing," from Latin re-, stem of res "thing" + -fication. In Marxist jargon, translating German Verdinglichung.
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