dereify

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de- +‎ reify

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dereify (third-person singular simple present dereifies, present participle dereifying, simple past and past participle dereified)

  1. (transitive) To cause no longer to be a single coherent entity; to cease to treat as a recognisable "thing".
    • 1996, Paget Henry, ‎Paul Buhle, C. L. R. James’s Caribbean (page 247)
      That is, although the insurrectionary consciousness of Antiguan workers is not identical with its African counterpart, it, too, is unable to dereify the social totality and reveal society as a collectively manageable entity.

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