Definition of anthropomorphic in English:



  • 1Relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.

    ‘explanations of animal behaviour in anthropomorphic terms’
    • ‘In the story, the flu appears in anthropomorphic form as a group of human beings who are heard discussing where they ought to go next to contaminate other people.’
    • ‘As the shoot went on, people actually started to talk about the house in anthropomorphic terms.’
    • ‘‘The hand of God’ is an anthropomorphic term for the creative power, providential care, and saving grace of God.’
    • ‘The word means ‘old woman’ or ‘grandmother’ and refers to the vertical form, an anthropomorphic usage similar to the derivation of pretzel from bracelli, because the twist of dough resembles folded arms.’
    • ‘Henry Williamson, for instance, rewrote his classic Tarka the Otter seventeen times in an effort to authenticate his representation and to excise all anthropomorphic tendencies from his text.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wallace always felt that ‘selection’ inappropriately imported anthropomorphic notions of Nature choosing purposefully between variants into natural history.’
    • ‘Animal narratives, at their imaginative best, are not invitations to anthropomorphic sentimentality, but rather literary extensions of natural history and a potentially potent ethical force.’
    • ‘Of course none of this is not really " elephant talk ", although Kipling assumes in his usual anthropomorphic way that elephants can communicate complex ideas.’
    • ‘They also realized that descriptions and explanations of observed phenomena could be phrased in mathematical or geometrical rather than anthropomorphic terms.’
    • ‘Totally abstract, and indeterminate, purged of all anthropomorphic and mythological qualities, God becomes the ominously ambiguous and threatening deity who evokes nothing but dread and terror.’
    • ‘First-person animal narratives, such as Black Beauty, are overtly anthropomorphic fantasies and cannot operate within or even congruent to the framework of natural science.’
    • ‘No less clearly he rejects the childish anthropomorphic trend of human thought.’
    • ‘Variously amassed, the amalgams of abstract parts sometimes take on anthropomorphic suggestions: masks with alien eyes peering through the cosmos, torsos and pelvises in bodices and twirling skirts.’
    • ‘She was thus well positioned to make respectful, informed, and unsentimental observations, and to deploy anthropomorphic comparisons and metaphors in a sophisticated way.’
    • ‘In describing elephants, anthropomorphic terms are unavoidable.’
    • ‘Many wine tasters have resorted to using anthropomorphic terms such as aggressive, clumsy, gutsy and precocious.’
    • ‘To many commentators, the obliteration of the Buddhas seemed to hark back to a bygone age, reinforcing the widespread notion that Islamic culture is implacably hostile to anthropomorphic art.’
    • ‘The Qur'an also uses anthropomorphic language to describe God (See the beginning of this article).’
    • ‘To claim otherwise would surely be to objectify music and to override the anthropomorphic quality of musical engagement, at the root of which is the very possibility of surprise central to live performance.’
    1. 1.1 Having human characteristics.
      ‘anthropomorphic bears and monkeys’
      • ‘This is a natural human reaction - why shouldn't an anthropomorphic frog feel the same way?’
      • ‘An anthropomorphic bear in a camouflage jacket was speaking to him!’
      • ‘None of the characters in here are human, they're all furry or anthropomorphic animals.’
      • ‘This ancient Greek poet crafted timeless morality tales using anthropomorphic animals as characters.’
      • ‘While zooming through the cosmos, he collides with a tiny chunk of an asteroid that - wonder of wonders - contains a teeny, tiny functioning society of teeny, tiny little anthropomorphic creatures.’


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