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or anthropomorphous

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr fɪk/
ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
resembling or made to resemble a human form:
an anthropomorphic carving.
Origin of anthropomorphic
First recorded in 1820-30; anthropo- + -morphic
Related forms
anthropomorphically, anthropomorphously, adverb
Can be confused
anthropocentric, anthropomorphic, homocentric. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was anthropomorphic of O'Donnell to see the leech as an enemy.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • Although he has a strong personality he has no anthropomorphic features.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • The Idealists were of an anthropomorphic race, dark-skinned like the terran Indian.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • This is only another form of the anthropomorphic conceptions of deity.

  • His language is not to be waved aside as anthropomorphic and antiquated.

  • In their adult state, the anthropomorphic Apes have not been really studied.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • There is one feature of the Hebrew story of creation which shows how anthropomorphic they were.

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
  • That is to say, a philosophy must either be anthropomorphic, or no philosophy at all.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • Many of the pictures are phallic in conception, and practically all of them are anthropomorphic.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphic


of or relating to anthropomorphism
resembling the human form
Derived Forms
anthropomorph, noun
anthropomorphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphic

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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