Definition of hypostasize in English:


(British hypostasise)


[with object]formal
  • Treat or represent (something abstract) as a concrete reality.

    ‘if religion is beyond speech or predication, as Gandhi affirms, can it be hypostasized?’
    • ‘The practical circumstances of this ‘emancipation’ could not be sustained in the hypostasising jargon of meaning.’
    • ‘To posit a rupture is to hypostasize a piercing through; an Aufhebung which neither lifts up nor preserves the dialectic.’
    • ‘The clown, the early counterpart of the trickster, would have in ritual the role of evoking the violation of taboo, hypostasized in myth.’
    • ‘Love as God's mode of existence ‘hypostasizes’ God, constitutes his being.’
    • ‘Nozick protests that he does not, as Hacking charges, describe rationality as a ‘hypostasised entity.’’