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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Crude anthropomorphism effectively closes the door to understanding of religion for most pupils.
▪ HOUSE-MARTINS Mud in their beaks, the house-martins are happy ... That's anthropomorphism.
▪ It does not refer to naive anthropomorphism, to childish notions of a kind of finite Person resident somewhere.
▪ Nor was it a half-hearted anthropomorphism.
▪ Such concepts are unworthy of educated people and refer to anthropomorphism which has been misunderstood.
▪ The plant analogy guaranteed freedom from anthropomorphism.
▪ What is this anthropomorphism, and why do I see this landscape as male?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anthropomorphism \An`thro*po*mor"phism\, n. [Gr. ? of human form; ? man + morfh` form.]

  1. The representation of the Deity, or of a polytheistic deity, under a human form, or with human attributes and affections.

  2. The ascription of human characteristics to things not human.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1753, "attributing of human qualities to a deity;" see anthropomorphic + -ism. Of other non-human things, from 1858. Related: Anthropomorphist (1610s).


n. 1 The attribution of human characteristics or behavior to that which isn't human. (from the mid-18th c.) 2 (context theology English) the attribution of human characteristics to divine beings


n. the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits [syn: theanthropism]


Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology.

Personification is the related attribution of human form and characteristics to abstract concepts such as nations, emotions and natural forces like seasons and the weather.

Both have ancient roots as storytelling and artistic devices, and most cultures have traditional fables with anthropomorphized animals as characters. People have also routinely attributed human emotions and behavioural traits to wild as well as domestic animals.

Usage examples of "anthropomorphism".

And Hall, usually so merry, could outfoot them all when he once got started on the cosmic pathos of religion and the gibbering anthropomorphisms of those who loved not to die.

Anthropomorphism, and assert the moral attributes of the Deity, his justice, benevolence, mercy, and rectitude, to be of the same nature with these virtues in human creatures?

Such anthropomorphism would appear to be unjustified, but it is certainly true that association is most definitely a mental process, whether we are dealing with insects, crocodiles, birds, beasts or humans.

How, therefore, shall we satisfy ourselves concerning the cause of that Being whom you suppose the Author of Nature, or, according to your system of Anthropomorphism, the ideal world, into which you trace the material?

Your theory itself cannot surely pretend to any such advantage, even though you have run into Anthropomorphism, the better to preserve a conformity to common experience.

And Hall, usually so merry, could outfoot them all when he once got started on the cosmic pathos of religion and the gibbering anthropomorphisms of those who loved not to die.

In its more rudimentary versions, stocked with many anthropomorphisms and a more or less dualistic Earth-centered view of the Universe, the adversary of God was one of his angels, Satan, who ruled over the creatures and demons of darkness as our Satan rules over his creations.

Nay, more, we need not be afraid to admit certain anthropomorphisms in that idea, which favour the regulative principle of our investigations.