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Meaning of ANIMISM

Pronunciation:  'anu`mizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls; "animism is common among primitive peoples"

ANIMISM is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: doctrine, ism, philosophy, school of thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An"i*mism\, n. [Cf. F. animisme, fr. L. anima soul. See
1. The doctrine, taught by Stahl, that the soul is the proper
   principle of life and development in the body.

2. The belief that inanimate objects and the phenomena of
   nature are endowed with personal life or a living soul;
   also, in an extended sense, the belief in the existence of
   soul or spirit apart from matter. --Tylor.

 Definition: belief in a soul, a spiritual essence that differs from the tangible, physical body.
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