or an·thro·po·mor·phous

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. anthropology,
  2. anthropometer,
  3. anthropometric,
  4. anthropometrics,
  5. anthropometry,
  6. anthropomorphism,
  7. anthropomorphite,
  8. anthropomorphize,
  9. anthropomorphosis,
  10. anthropomorphous

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphic


/ (ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪk) /


of or relating to anthropomorphism
resembling the human form
Derived Formsanthropomorph, nounanthropomorphically, 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).

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