Definition of anthropomorphism in English:

anthropomorphism

noun

  • [mass noun] The attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to a god, animal, or object.

    • ‘On the brilliant ‘Animal Kingdom’, he engages in a bit of anthropomorphism, drawing parallels between the laws of the jungle and the code of the streets.’
    • ‘These works employ anthropomorphism of the most subtle sort, which some viewers might miss and others may register only subliminally.’
    • ‘The idea that other animals experience similar emotions to us is not anthropomorphism: it is based on sound scientific evidence.’
    • ‘He knew well enough the hazard of excessive anthropomorphism.’
    • ‘However, for God to address humans this way is anthropomorphism, for God accommodates human communication, and when we speak to one another this way, we do it without duplicity.’
    • ‘Surely this is a case of anthropomorphism at its most absurd.’
    • ‘Never mind all the infantile anthropomorphism about how animals feel that will be bleated at this week's hearings.’
    • ‘And our affection for animals, uninformed by experience of them, distorts our perceptions and inclines us toward anthropomorphism.’
    • ‘I guess anthropomorphism has always been an element in ancient religions.’
    • ‘His anthropomorphism continues as he elegantly notes the ‘retro quality of the sexual politics’ of the breeding industry that makes the males the valuable ones.’
    • ‘The text offered a curious blend of scientific background and moralistic anthropomorphism.’
    • ‘Native Americans also felt a special kinship with bears because of many shared morphological and behavioral characteristics, which lent the bears more readily to anthropomorphism than other animals.’
    • ‘We can safely view the bacterium for what it is, a small biochemical machine, without having to steer the usual narrow passage between the twin perils of anthropomorphism and reductionism.’
    • ‘Lauren Child's spiky, sophisticated artwork offers an edgy alternative to the cosy anthropomorphism with which publishers tend to pad their lists.’
    • ‘It wasn't particularly good science, but an exercise in anthropomorphism, giving snails an eroticism, for example, that one might never have anticipated.’
    • ‘On a related note, the concept and practice of anthropomorphism is not adequate to the task.’
    • ‘These shifts have helped create what experts say is one of the most prominent attitudinal drivers of pet industry growth: the increasing anthropomorphism, or humanization, of pets by their owners.’
    • ‘The third section of the book deals with the important concept of anthropomorphism and how Scripture itself is to be handled.’
    • ‘The equation of human and animal morality is, of course, anthropomorphism gone mad.’
    • ‘He did go for the jugular, exaggerating facial features and specializing in a kind of reverse anthropomorphism: he turned men into beasts.’

Pronunciation:

anthropomorphism

/ˌanθrəpəˈmɔːfɪz(ə)m/