anthropopathism

noun
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) \

Definition of anthropopathism

: the ascription of human feelings to something not human

First Known Use of anthropopathism

1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthropopathism

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

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“Anthropopathism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropopathism. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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