[ an-throh-pawz ]

  1. a significant temporary reduction in human activity worldwide, as during a pandemic, that noticeably affects environmental phenomena such as levels of air pollution, the movements of wildlife, and even seismic noise: The anthropause occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic may inspire people and governments to mobilize for meaningful ecological reform.

Origin of anthropause

First recorded in 2020 in the online scientific journal Nature Ecology and Evolution

Words Nearby anthropause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023