Definition of Anthropocene in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

    • ‘In the Anthropocene era, freshwater will be in different places where it exists at all.’
    • ‘Well, if we bring extinction events closer to home, there is our very own omnipresent, continually unfolding, late Holocene (or early Anthropocene, according to some) extinction event.’
    • ‘Human impact on climate has made this the "Anthropocene Age."’
    • ‘The Earth has entered the so-called Anthropocene Era—the geological era in which humans are a significant and sometimes dominating environmental force.’
    • ‘The idea that we have already entered an Anthropocene Era exaggerates our impact on the Earth.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Anthropocene The Anthropocene period.


Early 21st century: from anthropo-, on the pattern of Holocene, Pleistocene, etc..