What's the difference between i.e. and e.g.?
1846, "act of materializing," from Latin re-, stem of res "thing" + -fication. In Marxist jargon, translating German Verdinglichung.
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.