Objectification is when a person is treated as a thing or an idea is represented by a concrete object. An artist might use objectification when she paints a tree that represents "nature" or a bird that stands for "freedom."

When you take a vague, abstract concept like "love" and give it a solid form (especially in a work of art or writing), you objectify it — that's objectification. A different kind of objectification happens when people treat others like objects, or as nothing more than their physical bodies: "The objectification of women in music videos — using them as props — is one of the least appealing things about the music industry."

Definitions of objectification
  1. noun
    the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
    see moresee less
    show 6 types...
    hide 6 types...
    depersonalisation, depersonalization, reification
    representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
    exteriorisation, exteriorization, externalisation, externalization
    embodying in an outward form
    hypostatisation, hypostatization, reification
    regarding something abstract as a material thing
    giving concrete form to an abstract concept
    the human embodiment of something
    incarnation, personification
    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
    type of:
    actualisation, actualization, realisation, realization
    making real or giving the appearance of reality
  2. noun
    a concrete representation of an abstract idea or principle
    see moresee less
    type of:
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘objectification'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up objectification for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer