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animism

an·i·mism

animism

pronunciation:
ae n mih zm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the belief that the universe and all of its material objects, beings, and phenomena possess a spirit or consciousness.
definition 2: the doctrine that the soul is the essential principle animating the universe.
definition 3: the belief that spiritual beings or souls can exist without a body to house them.
derivations: animistic (adj.), animist (n.)