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 / noun
2. animistic adjective
– origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin anima ‘life, soul’ + -ism.