to think of (a concept, abstraction, etc.) as having real, objective existence
Origin of hypostatize; from Classical Greek hypostatos (; from hyphistanai: see hypostasis) + -ize
transitive verbhy·pos·ta·tized, hy·pos·ta·tiz·ing, hy·pos·ta·tiz·es
To ascribe material existence to.
Origin of hypostatizeFrom Greek hupostatos, placed under, substantial, from huphistasthai, to stand under, exist : hupo, beneath; see hypo– + histasthai, middle voice of histanai, to set, place; see epistasis.
(third-person singular simple present hypostatizes, present participle hypostatizing, simple past and past participle hypostatized)
- To make into, or regarded as, a separate and distinct substance; to construct a contextually-subjective and complex abstraction, idea, or concept into a universal object without regard to nuance or change in character.
- Progressives are wrong to hypostatize their belief in mankind's eternal advance, and to disavow anything that does not fit this preordained vision. - Cardozo Law Review, February 2005
- To attribute actual or personal existence to.