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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
First recorded in 1745-55; anthropo- + -morphism
Related forms
anthropomorphist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for anthropomorphism
Historical Examples
  • To the Intermediatist, the accusation of "anthropomorphism" is meaningless.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • And apparently the Bible countenanced their anthropomorphism.

  • In anthropomorphism there are many errors, but there is one truth.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • Its anthropomorphism is only, to unobservant minds, less apparent.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • If thy predicates are anthropomorphisms, the subject of them is an anthropomorphism too.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • But we cannot escape anthropomorphism, though our anthropomorphism may be crude or critical.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • It is the anthropomorphism of the age that fixes on the one-sided conclusion.

  • Yes, all theology is anthropomorphism—the making of gods in man's image.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • As we recede from anthropomorphism we must go either to the Trinity or Pantheism.

    Anima Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • It is only the anthropomorphism we attack—only the superstitions, assumptions and dogmas.

    Ingersoll in Canada Allen Pringle
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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