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animism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Animism  \An"i*mism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  animisme  fr  L.  anima  soul.  See 
  {Animate}.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  animism 
  n  :  the  doctrine  that  all  natural  objects  and  the  universe 
  itself  have  souls;  "animism  is  common  among  primitive 
  peoples" 




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