from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, embracing, or founded on animism in any sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to animism.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to animism.

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  • adjective of or pertaining to the doctrine of animism


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  • The word animistic should have been animalistic ... by

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  • An entirely different class of ideas, also termed animistic, is the belief in the world soul, held by Plato, Schelling and others.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • Thus we have evidence of the existence in pre-Buddhist India of rites and beliefs — the latter chiefly of the kind called animistic — disowned for the most part by the Buddhists and only tolerated by the Brahmans.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 1

  • My feeling is that the implicit function is the inculcation of abstract systematic thinking - which is necessary for modernizing societies, but is not a spontaneous human attribute (we are naturally 'animistic').

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  • If this spectacle amazes one to-day, what emotions must it not have aroused in the breasts of the earlier folk, whose outlook on the world was so much more direct than ours -- more 'animistic' if you like!

    Pagan and Christian creeds: their origin and meaning

  • His enthusiasm of knowledge is literally an enthusiasm: has about it that character of possession of one person by another, by which those "animistic" old Greeks explained natural madness.

    Plato and Platonism

  • Familiaris, though they attained great dignity of conception, and were the centre of the family life, and to some extent of the family morality, never quite rose to the position of full-grown gods; while among the spirits of the field the wildness and impishness of character associated with Faunus and his companion Inuus -- almost the cobolds or hobgoblins of the flocks -- reflects clearly the old 'animistic' belief in the natural evilness of the spirits and their hostility to men.

    The Religion of Ancient Rome

  • The term Animism may, as far as I can see, be quite well applied to the social affiliation, for the latter is evidently only a case in which the individual projects his own degree of consciousness into the human group around him instead of into the animals or the trees, but it is a case of which the justice is so obvious that the modern man can intellectually seize and understand it, and consequently he does not tar it with the 'animistic' brush.

    Pagan and Christian creeds: their origin and meaning

  • a pithy essay on the irrelevance of the notion of authenticity and the "animistic" attitude that has taken shape in response to the boundless online population of modified images;

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  • There, the primitive mind practiced animistic shamanism.

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