Definition of hylozoism in English:


Syllabification: hy·lo·zo·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌhīləˈzōˌizəm


  • The doctrine that all matter has life.
    More example sentences
    • Animism was the widespread expression of this stage, hylozoism one of its later, conceptual forms.
    • In contemporary philosophical language these would be the doctrines of hylozoism and animism.
    • I want you to be mindful of what is called hylozoism and reification in philosophy.


late 17th century: from hylo- 'matter' + Greek zōē 'life'.

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