[ 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

an·thro·po·mor·phist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphism


/ (ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪzəm) /


the attribution of human form or behaviour to a deity, animal, etc

Derived Forms

anthropomorphist, noun
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Medicine definitions for anthropomorphism


[ ăn′thrə-pə-môrfĭz′əm ]


The attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to nonhuman organisms or inanimate objects.

Related forms

an′thro•po•morphic′thro•po•morphi•cal•ly adv.
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Culture definitions for anthropomorphism


[ (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.

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