animatism
Attribution of mental or spiritual qualities to both living beings and nonliving things. SEE ALSO: animism.

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an·i·mat·ism 'an-ə-mə-.tiz-əm n attribution of consciousness and personality but not of individual spirit to such natural phenomena as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to such objects as plants and stones compare ANIMISM
an·i·ma·tis·tic .an-ə-mə-'tis-tik adj

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