Definition of anthropomorphic
1 : described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes anthropomorphic deities stories involving anthropomorphic animals
2 : ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things anthropomorphic supernaturalism anthropomorphic beliefs about nature
anthropomorphicallyplay \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Examples of anthropomorphic in a Sentence
a story in which the characters are anthropomorphic animals
Recent Examples of anthropomorphic from the Web
The special effects and C.G.I., as always, look expensive and are impressively rendered, even if the increasingly anthropomorphic Transformers are edging closer and closer to the Uncanny Valley.
One early item was an anthropomorphic pumpkin for Halloween named Petey Pumpkin.
Illustrations of the titular anthropomorphic vehicles are shown, along with footage of Capital Transit employees maintaining the fleet and some nice shots of the District from 75 years ago.
The Fringe Factor: The cast gives real life to this script about anthropomorphic cows and chickens and businesswomen.
The Beauty Happens idea isn’t an anthropomorphic one; Prum’s arguing that animals have evolved to be beautiful to themselves, not to him.
The book’s most notable animal, however, is the one in the title: an anthropomorphic talking cat named Yugoslavia, whom Bekim meets at a gay club.
Ghost ultimately earned a meek $19 million in its opening weekend, beat out by a talking baby and anthropomorphic houseware.
Mae, who is an anthropomorphic cat, drinks too much, shoplifts and likes to break things in parking lots with baseball bats.
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Did You Know?
Anthropomorphic comes from the Late Latin word anthropomorphus, which itself traces to a Greek term birthed from the roots "anthrōp-" (meaning "human being") and "-morphos" ("-morphous"). Those ancient Greek roots have given form and personality to many English words. "Anthrōp-" relatives include "anthropic" ("relating to human beings or the period of their existence on earth"), "anthropocentric" ("considering human beings the center of the universe"), "anthropoid" (an ape), and "anthropology" ("the study of human beings and their ancestors"). Derivatives of "-morphos" often end in "-morphism," as in "polymorphism" ("the quality or state of existing in or assuming different forms"), or "-morphic," as in "biomorphic" ("resembling the forms of living organisms").
Origin and Etymology of anthropomorphic
Late Latin anthropomorphus of human form, from Greek anthrōpomorphos, from anthrōp- + -morphos -morphous
First Known Use: 1802See Words from the same year
ANTHROPOMORPHIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anthropomorphic for English Language Learners
: described or thought of as being like human beings in appearance, behavior, etc.
: considering animals, objects, etc., as having human qualities
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