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hypostatize /hi-pos-tә-tiz/ (= to make an idea into, or to regard it as, a self-existent substance or person) has been standard since the early 19th century. *Hypostasize is a needless variant.


Current ratio in books (hypostatized vs.

*hypostasized): 2:1


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