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Friday, January 15, 2016

Definitions for reify

  1. to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept.

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Citations for reify
Indeed, this iconic image seems to reify today's conception of mid-century cool, our collective false nostalgia for a time when great design infiltrated the mass market and America was soaking up a glut of talented European émigrés… Amber Bravo, "Fascinating Risom," Dwell, September, 2009
Museums are just massive institutions designed to provide scholar-backed social capital to the notion of art-as-commodity and to reify the artist as a separate caste rather than art as a fundamental human activity. Jacob Bacharach, The Bend of the World, 2014
Origin of reify
Reify can be traced to the Latin rēs meaning "thing." The suffix -ify, a variant of -fy, means "to make," "to cause to be," "render," and is used in the formation of verbs.