Inanimafication noun (adjective inanimaficate; past and past participle Inanimaficated. Verb Inanimafy; past participle inanimafied; inanimaficating present participle of Inanimaficate).
- This is the opposite of personification. It was first coined by Nwoko Solomon Ikechukwu from the word inanimate, meaning without life, lifeless, an object or a thing. It is a figure of speech whereby the quality or attribute of nonliving things is given to living things like human beings. It is also a situation where the quality or attribute of animals are given to human beings.
i. A situation whereby a baby is crying annoyingly and somebody said to the mother, Take that thing out of here. The word “thing” is used to describe non-human beings, but addressing the baby who is a human being as a thing is inanimafication making human being to appear as a thing or object.
ii. A situation where someone is talking angrily and with a loud voice, and another person tells him/her Stop barking like a dog. It is only animals like dogs that can bark not human beings. Addressing the aloud and angry talk of a human being as barking is inanimafication.
iii. Calling one “a piece of chalk or piece of shit”, “little rat”, “toy”, “broom stick”, etc., are all inanimafication, giving the attribute of object to human beings.
- To Inanimaficate or Inanimafy is to reduce, downgrade or to let down someone’s value, quality or person. To disrespect someone and treat him/her less than human; treating one like an object or animal.
i. I was inanimafied today by my boss in his office.
ii. It is bad and unethical to inanimaficate someone below your class or status.
iii. Humility is seen also, in not inanimaficating others.
Nwoko Solomon Ikechukwu (Pastor)
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