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anthropomorphic

or anthropomorphous

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr fɪk/
adjective
1.
ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
2.
resembling or made to resemble a human form:
an anthropomorphic carving.
Origin of anthropomorphic
1820-1830
1820-30; anthropo- + -morphic
Related forms
anthropomorphically, anthropomorphously, adverb
Can be confused
anthropocentric, anthropomorphic, homocentric.
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Examples from the Web for anthropomorphic
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  • But it is an obstacle especially formidable to any kind of anthropomorphic theism.

  • It was anthropomorphic of O'Donnell to see the leech as an enemy.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • Those who held to the belief in an anthropomorphic personal God who was benevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The Idealists were of an anthropomorphic race, dark-skinned like the terran Indian.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • Mechanism, here, reproaches finalism with its anthropomorphic character, and rightly.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • This is only another form of the anthropomorphic conceptions of deity.

  • To vindicate his spirituality the anthropomorphic passages in the Koran must be understood metaphorically.

  • That is to say, a philosophy must either be anthropomorphic, or no philosophy at all.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • Is, then, the anthropomorphic God as momentary and as accidental in the system of the world as that vapoury spectre?

British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphic

anthropomorphic

/ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to anthropomorphism
2.
resembling the human form
Derived Forms
anthropomorph, noun
anthropomorphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphic
adj.

1806, from anthropomorphous + -ic. Originally in reference to regarding God or gods as having human form and human characteristics; of animals and other things from 1858; the sect of the Antropomorfites is mentioned in English from mid-15c. (see anthropomorphite).

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