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anthropomorphize

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz]
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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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Historical Examples

  • The extent of the anthropomorphization of gods in any system may be measured by the richness and refinement of its mythology.

    Introduction to the History of Religions

    Crawford Howell Toy


British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphization

anthropomorphize

anthropomorphise

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

anthropomorphize

v.

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

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