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reify

[ree-uh-fahy, rey-] /ˈri əˌfaɪ, ˈreɪ-/
verb (used with object), reified, reifying.
1.
to convert into or regard as a concrete thing:
to reify a concept.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Latin (s) thing + -ify
Related forms
reification, noun
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  • Perhaps it sets all of us back a few years because of its reification of gender stereotypes.
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  • The three design principles used were familiarity, similarity recognition, and reification.
British Dictionary definitions for reification

reify

/ˈriːɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to consider or make (an abstract idea or concept) real or concrete
Derived Forms
reification, noun
reificatory, adjective
reifier, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin rēs thing; compare deify
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Word Origin and History for reification
n.

1846, "act of materializing," from Latin re-, stem of res "thing" + -fication. In Marxist jargon, translating German Verdinglichung.

reify

v.

"make into a thing; make real or material; consider as a thing," 1854, back-formation from reification, or else from re-, stem of Latin res "thing, object, matter, affair, event, circumstance, condition," from PIE *re- "to bestow, endow" + -fy. Related: Reified; reifying.

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Encyclopedia Article for reification

the treatment of something abstract as a material or concrete thing, as in the following lines from Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach": The Sea of FaithWas once, too, at the full, and round earth's shoreLay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.

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