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[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fiz-uh m] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr fɪz əm/
an anthropomorphic conception or representation, as of a deity.
Origin of anthropomorphism
1745-55; anthropo- + -morphism
Related forms
anthropomorphist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthropomorphism
  • Accusations of anthropomorphism will fly, and we'll be urged to be parsimonious in our explanations.
  • One of the first things primatology students are taught is to avoid anthropomorphism.
  • Some have challenged this conclusion, calling it anthropomorphism.
  • Doing so borders on the scientific heresy of anthropomorphism.
  • In some nagging way the notion of anthropomorphism went against biology.
  • Most people are scared of showing that kind of anthropomorphism.
  • These days artists can take a literally hands-on approach to preservation and anthropomorphism.
  • Adults will marvel at a witty script and utterly brilliant anthropomorphism.
  • anthropomorphism is irresistible when contemplating twin towers, as the term itself suggests.
  • The fact that such anthropomorphism looks easy when it's done this well should not minimize the achievement.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphism


the attribution of human form or behaviour to a deity, animal, etc
Derived Forms
anthropomorphist, noun
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphism

1753, "attributing of human qualities to a deity;" see anthropomorphic + -ism. Of other non-human things, from 1858. Related: Anthropomorphist (1610s).

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anthropomorphism in Medicine

anthropomorphism an·thro·po·mor·phism (ān'thrə-pə-môr'fĭz'əm)
The attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to nonhuman organisms or inanimate objects.

an'thro·po·mor'phic adj.
an'thro·po·mor'phi·cal·ly adv.
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anthropomorphism in Culture

anthropomorphism definition

(an-thruh-puh-mawr-fiz-uhm) The attributing of human characteristics and purposes to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other natural phenomena, or to God. To describe a rushing river as “angry” is to anthropomorphize it.

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