Meaning of “animism” in the English Dictionary

"animism" in English

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animismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈæn.ɪ.mɪ.zəm/ us /ˈæn.ə.mɪ.zəm/ specialized
noun [ C ], adjective uk /ˈæn.ɪ.mɪst/ us /ˈæn.ə.mɪst/

Examples from literature

  • This recognition of spiritual life in all things and actions is known as animism. 
  • It would be outside my province to discuss it here, but even when first heard of it was more than a rude form of animism. 
  • Magic and animism are beliefs everywhere held by mankind in early stages of culture, and they influence every action of life. 
  • Mythology succeeded animism, and has in turn yielded to many curious and vanished theories, polytheistic, gnostic, pantheistic, and the rest. 
  • The materials are now fairly complete for understanding the rise and development of animism. 
  • Thus a new day is dawning for a soundly critical animism. 

(Definition of “animism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)