from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A belief that all animate and inanimate objects are infused with a common life force.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belief that everything is pervaded with a life-force giving each inanimate object a consciousness or personality, but not a soul as in animism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That form of animism in which objects and phenomena are vaguely regarded as having personality and will-power, but not as possessing separable souls.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
Originally coined by British anthropologist Robert Marett to refer to "a belief in a generalized, impersonal power over which people have some measure of control" (Wiktionary)