Example sentence:


Zoism - 'Approaching a subject from an original angle'

However Collins Online Dictionary defines it as:

zoism noun
1. a reverence for animal life or a belief in magical animal powers
2. a doctrine that life is due to a certain vital force

Is zoism really a word that means "approaching a subject from an original angle"? If not, is there another word for that concept?

  • All the online dictionaries appear to agree with Collins.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 23, 2015 at 3:47
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    An editor added the single word tag. Xatabay, you need to add an example sentence or change that new tag to phrase request (see tag description). Also, IMO, this should be two different questions: "What does zoism mean?" and "What is a word that means 'approaching [...] angle' ?"
    – Mazura
    Dec 23, 2015 at 4:06
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    I think the word "re-imagine" might approach the meaning you're searching for.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 23, 2015 at 4:33
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    Or "to think outside the box"
    – Jim
    Dec 23, 2015 at 5:58
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    Perhaps Stagedoor is not defining the word Zoism, but stating: "Zoism (the doctrine or just the corporation that owns the website) has the following tagline or goal: approaching a subject from an original angle" Admittedly, that's a lot for a dash to say.
    – BenL
    Mar 22, 2016 at 22:55

2 Answers 2


Wiktionary agrees largely with Collins Online Dictionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/zoism

Perhaps an alternative phrase (not word) might be, "To see something from a peculiar perspective".


Almost everything that ends with 'ism' is a specific concept, a certain point of view : Inter alia : animalism - the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Isms

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