noun Date: 1753 an interpretation of what is not human or personal in terms of human or personal characteristics ; humanizationanthropomorphist noun

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  • Anthropomorphism —     Anthropomorphism, Anthropomorphites     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Anthropomorphism, Anthropomorphites     (anthropos, man, and morphe, form).     A term used in its widest sense to signify the tendency of man to conceive the activities of the …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • anthropomorphism — (n.) 1753, attributing of human qualities to a deity; see ANTHROPOMORPHIC (Cf. anthropomorphic) + ISM (Cf. ism). Of other non human things, from 1858. Related: Anthropomorphist (1610s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anthropomorphism — [an΄thrə pō môr′fiz΄əm, an΄thrə pō΄ môr′fiz΄əm, an΄thrəpəmôr′fiz΄əm] n. the attributing of human shape or characteristics to a god, animal, or inanimate thing anthropomorphist [an΄thrə pō môr′fist, an΄thrə pə môr′fist] n …   English World dictionary

  • anthropomorphism — anthropomorphist, n. /an threuh peuh mawr fiz euhm/, n. an anthropomorphic conception or representation, as of a deity. [1745 55; ANTHROPO + MORPHISM] * * * ▪ religion  the interpretation of nonhuman things or events in terms of human… …   Universalium

  • anthropomorphism — [[t]æ̱nθrəpəmɔ͟ː(r)fɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Anthropomorphism is the idea that an animal, a god, or an object has feelings or characteristics like those of a human being …   English dictionary

  • anthropomorphism —    This word (from the Greek, anthrōpos, meaning human being, and morphē, meaning form ) refers to a description of nonhuman phenomena in human terms. In a theological context, anthropomorphism refers to the description of the divine in human… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • anthropomorphism — anthropomorphic ► ADJECTIVE 1) attributing human form or feelings to a god, animal, or object. 2) having human characteristics. DERIVATIVES anthropomorphism noun …   English terms dictionary

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