Meaning of objectification in English:


Pronunciation /ɒbdʒɛktɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • 1The action of degrading someone to the status of a mere object.

    ‘the objectification of women in popular entertainment’
    • ‘The girls also voice concern about the objectification of women.’
    • ‘Maybe they despise the objectification of the female form.’
    • ‘They complain about sexism, recognize the objectification of women's bodies, and worry about the impact media images and messages might be having on younger girls.’
    • ‘The objectification of the female form continues to be viewed by most feminists as necessarily disempowering.’
    • ‘His notes and letters from this period attest to his growing concern about the objectification of art and the ensuing deterioration of artistic experience.’
    • ‘Far from passively accepting objectification as a second-rate climber because of her sex, she conceived her strong feminine gender identity as an asset.’
    • ‘Male dominance is based on sexual objectification.’
    • ‘I'm of the opinion that the objectification of all people is equally bad.’
    • ‘Many said they considered such cliché images to be harmful objectification.’
    • ‘Now we only have to pick up any magazine to see the objectification of men.’
  • 2The expression of something abstract in a concrete form.

    ‘the objectification of images may be astonishingly vivid in dreams’
    • ‘the church says that we are the visible objectifications of sin’
    • ‘The objectification of the hero is an integral aspect of the action genre.’
    • ‘The themes of separation and helplessness are probably objectifications of his own grief over the loss of his wife.’
    • ‘The soul altar is an objectification of the unseen soul.’
    • ‘The objectification of nature in science and technology looks like mastery of nature but in fact it only demonstrates our impotence in the face of nature.’
    • ‘The gurus are objectifications of the teaching and guiding principle as it exists within each of us.’