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Definition of Animatism

(noun) The belief that all things (objects) animate and inanimate are endowed with an impersonal, supernatural life force that influences people and events.

Example of Animatism

  • A rainstorm and a rock have power.

Animatism Pronunciation

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Syllabification: an·i·ma·tism

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈænəməˌtɪzəm/
  • British English – /ˈanᵻməˌtɪz(ə)m/

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Thompson, William E., and Joseph V. Hickey. 2012. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Works Consulted

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

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Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Animatism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “animatism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 14, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/animatism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

animatism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/animatism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “animatism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 14, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/animatism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“animatism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Jul. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/animatism/>.