Definition of anthropomorphic in English:



  • 1Relating to or characterized by anthropomorphism.

    ‘explanations of animal behaviour in anthropomorphic terms’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course none of this is not really " elephant talk ", although Kipling assumes in his usual anthropomorphic way that elephants can communicate complex ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the shoot went on, people actually started to talk about the house in anthropomorphic terms.’
    • ‘She was thus well positioned to make respectful, informed, and unsentimental observations, and to deploy anthropomorphic comparisons and metaphors in a sophisticated way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wallace always felt that ‘selection’ inappropriately imported anthropomorphic notions of Nature choosing purposefully between variants into natural history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also realized that descriptions and explanations of observed phenomena could be phrased in mathematical or geometrical rather than anthropomorphic terms.’
    • ‘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 Qur'an also uses anthropomorphic language to describe God (See the beginning of this article).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘The hand of God’ is an anthropomorphic term for the creative power, providential care, and saving grace of God.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No less clearly he rejects the childish anthropomorphic trend of human thought.’
    1. 1.1Having human characteristics.
      ‘anthropomorphic bears and monkeys’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘An anthropomorphic bear in a camouflage jacket was speaking to him!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘None of the characters in here are human, they're all furry or anthropomorphic animals.’


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