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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
First recorded in 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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  • 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

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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