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From thing +‎ -ification, following thingify.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /θɪŋɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/



  1. The fact or process of turning something into a thing.
    Synonyms: objectification, reification
    • 2011, David Bellos, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, Penguin, published 2012, page 99:
      Dictionaries alone aren't responsible for the thingification of natural languages, but they crystallized a peculiar modern view of what it means to have a language.
    • 2021 September 23, Charles M. Blow, quoting Martin Luther King Jr., “Gwen Ifill Was Right About ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      This is what happens when a country doesn’t see some people as fully human. It’s what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the “thingification of the Negro.”