anthropomorphic

adjective an·thro·po·mor·phic \ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈmȯr-fik \
|Updated on: 29 Jul 2018

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

anthropomorphically

play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Examples of anthropomorphic in a Sentence

  1. a story in which the characters are anthropomorphic animals

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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


ANTHROPOMORPHIC Defined for English Language Learners

anthropomorphic

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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