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pathetic fallacy

noun
the endowment of nature, inanimate objects, etc., with human traits and feelings, as in the smiling skies; the angry sea.

Origin:
coined by John Ruskin in Modern Painters Vol. III, Part IV (1856)

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pathetic fallacy
 
n
(in literature) the presentation of inanimate objects in nature as possessing human feelings

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