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anthropomorphic

or an·thro·po·mor·phous

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik]
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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

First recorded in 1820–30; anthropo- + -morphic
Related formsan·thro·po·mor·phi·cal·ly, an·thro·po·mor·phous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedanthropocentric anthropomorphic homocentric
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British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphous

anthropomorphous

adjective
  1. shaped like a human being
  2. another word for anthropomorphic
Derived Formsanthropomorphously, adverb

anthropomorphic

adjective
  1. of or relating to anthropomorphism
  2. resembling the human form
Derived Formsanthropomorph, nounanthropomorphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphous

adj.

1753, anglicization of Late Latin anthropomorphus "having human form," from Greek anthropomorphos, from anthropos "human being" (see anthropo-) + morphe "form" (see morphine).

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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