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anthropomorphic Line breaks: an¦thropo|morph¦ic
Pronunciation: /anθrəpəˈmɔːfɪk/

Definition of anthropomorphic in English:


1Relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism: explanations of animal behaviour in anthropomorphic terms
More example sentences
  • The Greek, metaphysical concept of the Logos is in sharp contrast to the concept of a personal God described in anthropomorphic terms typical of Hebrew thought.
  • They also realized that descriptions and explanations of observed phenomena could be phrased in mathematical or geometrical rather than anthropomorphic terms.
  • ‘The hand of God’ is an anthropomorphic term for the creative power, providential care, and saving grace of God.
1.1Having human characteristics: anthropomorphic bears and monkeys
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  • An anthropomorphic bear in a camouflage jacket was speaking to him!
  • This ancient Greek poet crafted timeless morality tales using anthropomorphic animals as characters.
  • This is a natural human reaction - why shouldn't an anthropomorphic frog feel the same way?


Example sentences
  • Their cleverness includes the ability to amuse themselves while hiding by engaging in vocal displays, known anthropomorphically as ‘discourses’, which they use to form and maintain social bonds and to compete for social prestige.
  • His characterizations of the individuals within a society might be anthropomorphically ascribed to sheep and wolves, with the wolves lined up on a spectrum of power lust or madness, from a category of good to bad.
  • If I wanted to treat computers anthropomorphically, like so many of my colleagues, I'd call this ‘artificial imagination.’


Early 19th century: from Greek anthrōpomorphos (see anthropomorphous) + -ic.

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