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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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Examples from the Web for anthropomorphized

Historical Examples

  • His warlike attributes are appendages of the anthropomorphized national and war god.

    The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3

    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • In his anthropomorphized form he was known as Menabosho or Michabo.


British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphized

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 anthropomorphized

anthropomorphize

v.

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

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