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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypostatization, hypostatisation, reificationnoun

    regarding something abstract as a material thing

  2. depersonalization, depersonalisation, reificationnoun

    representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality

    "according to Marx, treating labor as a commodity exemplified the reification of the individual"


  1. reificationnoun

    The consideration of an abstract thing as if it were concrete, or of an inanimate object as if it were living.

  2. reificationnoun

    The consideration of a human being as an impersonal object.

  3. Etymology: First attested around 1846; a macaronic calque of Verdinglichung, using -ification for ver- + -lich + -ung, and res for Ding


  1. reification

    Reification, in a general context, refers to the process of treating or considering an abstract, intangible concept as if it were concrete or tangible. It often involves turning conceptual entities into objects or actions that can be perceived, measured, or manipulated. The term is used across various disciplines including philosophy, sociology, cognitive psychology, and computer science, each with its own specific interpretation.


  1. Reification

    Reification is a fallacy of ambiguity, when an abstraction is treated as if it were a concrete, real event, or physical entity. In other words, it is the error of treating as a concrete thing something which is not concrete, but merely an idea. Another common manifestation is the confusion of a model with reality. Mathematical or simulation models may help understand a system or situation but real life may differ from the model. Reification is generally accepted in literature and other forms of discourse where reified abstractions are understood to be intended metaphorically, but the use of reification in logical arguments is usually regarded as a fallacy. In rhetoric, it may be sometimes difficult to determine if reification was used correctly or incorrectly.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reification

    rē-if-i-kā′shun, n. materialisation.—v.t. Rē′ify, to make real or material.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reification in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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