an·​thro·​po·​pa·​thism ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-pə-ˌthi-zəm How to pronounce anthropopathism (audio) -pō-ˈpa-ˌthi- How to pronounce anthropopathism (audio)
: the ascription of human feelings to something not human

Word History


Greek anthrōpopathḗs "having human feelings" (from anthrōpo- anthropo- + -pathēs "experiencing, undergoing") + -ism — more at -path

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthropopathism was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Anthropopathism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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