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anthropomorphism

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fiz-uh m] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr fɪz əm/
noun
1.
an anthropomorphic conception or representation, as of a deity.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; anthropo- + -morphism
Related forms
anthropomorphist, noun
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Examples 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

anthropomorphism

/ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪzəm/
noun
1.
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
anthropomorphism
1753, "attributing of human qualities to a deity" (see anthropomorphic). Of other non-human things, from 1858. Related: Anthropomorphize (1845).
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anthropomorphism in Medicine

anthropomorphism an·thro·po·mor·phism (ān'thrə-pə-môr'fĭz'əm)
n.
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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Encyclopedia Article for anthropomorphism

the interpretation of nonhuman things or events in terms of human characteristics, as when one senses malice in a computer or hears human voices in the wind. Derived from the Greek anthropos ("human") and morphe ("form"), the term was first used to refer to the attribution of human physical or mental features to deities. By the mid-19th century, however, it had acquired the second, broader meaning of a phenomenon occurring not only in religion but in all areas of human thought and action, including daily life, the arts, and even sciences. Anthropomorphism may occur consciously or unconsciously. Most scholars since the time of the English philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) have agreed that the tendency to anthropomorphize hinders the understanding of the world, but it is deep-seated and persistent

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