reify

   , reification
   To treat an abstraction as if it had concrete or material existence. Reification is what the viewer experiences in treating an abstraction as if it had concrete or material existence. (pr. ree'e-fi:) See trompe l'oeil and universal artwork.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • reify — index substantiate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reify — 1854, from re , stem of L. res thing + FY (Cf. fy). Related: Reified; reifying …   Etymology dictionary

  • reify — *realize, actualize, embody, incarnate, materialize, externalize, objectify, hypostatize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reify — [rē′ə fī΄] vt. reified, reifying [< L res, thing (see REAL1) + FY] to treat (an abstraction) as substantially existing, or as a concrete material object reification n …   English World dictionary

  • reify — reification, n. /ree euh fuy , ray /, v.t., reified, reifying. to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept. [1850 55; < L re(s) thing + IFY] * * * …   Universalium

  • reify — re•i•fy [[t]ˈri əˌfaɪ, ˈreɪ [/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept[/ex] • Etymology: 1850–55; < L rē(s) thing + ify re i•fi•ca′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • reify — /ˈriəfaɪ/ (say reeuhfuy) verb (t) (reified, reifying) to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify an abstract concept. {Latin rē(s) thing + (i)fy} –reification, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • reify — transitive verb (reified; reifying) Etymology: Latin res thing more at real Date: 1854 to regard (something abstract) as a material or concrete thing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reify — verb /ˈɹiː.ə.faɪ,ˈɹeɪ.ə.faɪ/ To regard something abstract as if it were a concrete material thing. Syn: conceptualize, concretize, objectify, picture See Also: reification …   Wiktionary

  • reify — reification …   Philosophy dictionary

  • reify — rɪːɪfaɪ v. demonstrate, make something simple and concrete …   English contemporary dictionary


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