[ an-thruh-puh-mawr-fiz-uhm ]

  1. an anthropomorphic conception or representation, as of a deity.

Origin of anthropomorphism

First recorded in 1745–55; anthropo- + -morphism

Other words from anthropomorphism

  • an·thro·po·mor·phist, noun

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How to use anthropomorphism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphism


/ (ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪzəm) /

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

Derived forms of anthropomorphism

  • anthropomorphist, noun

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Cultural 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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