anthropomorphic

adjective
an·​thro·​po·​mor·​phic | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈmȯr-fik How to pronounce anthropomorphic (audio) \

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

Other Words from anthropomorphic

anthropomorphically \ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​pə-​ˈmȯr-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anthropomorphic (audio) \ adverb

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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 ("interpreting or regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences"), 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").

Examples of anthropomorphic in a Sentence

a story in which the characters are anthropomorphic animals
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First Known Use of anthropomorphic

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anthropomorphic

Greek anthrōpómorphos "having human form" (from anthrōpo- anthropo- + -morphos -morphous) + -ic entry 1

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18 May 2022

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“Anthropomorphic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropomorphic. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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