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verb (used with or without object), an·thro·po·mor·phized, an·thro·po·mor·phiz·ing.
  1. to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.).
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Also especially British, an·thro·po·mor·phise.

Origin of anthropomorphize

First recorded in 1835–45; anthropomorph(ic) + -ize
Related formsan·thro·po·mor·phi·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for anthropomorphise

Historical Examples

  • We may be inclined to infer that the hero can stand alone, whilst a Totem needs the alliance of a hero to anthropomorphise it.

    The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions

    Carveth Read

  • So we spiritualise the material universe, and afterwards, by an incongruous consistency, anthropomorphise spirit.

  • If man is a microcosm then kosmos is a megalanthrope and that is how we come to anthropomorphise the deity.

British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphise



  1. to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphise



1834; see anthropomorphic + -ize. Related: Anthropomorphized; anthopomorphizing.

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