Definition of animism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    animism

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmɪzəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmɪzəm//
     
    [uncountable] Types of belief
     
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  1. 1the belief that plants, objects and natural things such as the weather have a living soul See related entries: Types of belief
  2. 2belief in a power that organizes and controls the universe See related entries: Types of belief
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from Latin anima ‘life, soul’ + -ism.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: animism