animism /ˈanɪmɪz(ə)m/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the attribution of a living soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena.
2. the belief in a supernatural power that organizes and animates the material universe.

beneath the veneer of Hindu religion, ancient animism runs strong.
II. derivatives

1. animist /ˈanɪmɪst /

2. animistic

– origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin anima ‘life, soul’ + -ism.

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