Definition of hypostatize in English:

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Pronunciation: /hīˈpästəˌtīz/


[with object] North American formal
Treat or represent (something abstract) as a concrete reality.
Example sentences
  • In any case, Albert avoids hypostatizing these modes by explaining them as relations between the things to which the terms refer.
  • Similarly, when it comes to the peaceniks, they end up hypostatizing the idea of peace as a state of pure, positive activity.
  • We must beware of hypostatizing the ‘market’ as a real entity, a maker of inexorable decisions.

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Syllabification: hy·pos·ta·tize

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