Individuals are thought of as members of a family, state or religion, rather than as entities with a destiny and rights of their own.
Consisting at first of various loosely connected entities, naturally centrifugal, but temporarily drawn together by the urgent need of combination against a superior foe, who threatened them separately with extinction.
The Ideas of Plato are no longer self-subsistent entities; they are the elements which constitute the content of spiritual activity.
The Rabbis apparently dreaded the possibility of such terms becoming hypostasized into personal entities distinct from God.
We find ourselves on the verge of a system of abstractions, or " attributes turned into entities," as barren as any excogitated in medieval times.