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[ree-uh-fahy, rey-] /ˈri əˌfaɪ, ˈreɪ-/
verb (used with object), reified, reifying.
to convert into or regard as a concrete thing:
to reify a concept.
Origin of reify
1850-55; < Latin (s) thing + -ify
Related forms
reification, noun Unabridged
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  • This happened simultaneously with the reification of many other forms of human praxis: religion, the judiciary, the military.

British Dictionary definitions for reification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(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

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



"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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