anthropomorphism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anthropomorphism the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anthropomorphism The ascription of human characteristics to things not human.
    • Anthropomorphism The representation of the Deity, or of a polytheistic deity, under a human form, or with human attributes and affections.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anthropomorphism The ascription of human attributes to supernatural or divine beings; in theology, the conception or representation of God with human qualities and affections, or in a human shape. Anthropomorphism is founded in man's inability to conceive beings above himself otherwise than in his own likeness. It determines the growth and form of all human religions, from the lowest up to the highest: as where the Scriptures speak of the eye, the ear, and the hand of God, of his seeing and hearing, of his remembering and forgetting, of his making man in his own image, etc.
    • n anthropomorphism The conception of animals, plants, or nature in general, by analogy with man: commonly implying an unscientific use of such analogy.
    • n anthropomorphism In pragmatistic philos., that philosophic tendency which, recognizing an absolute impossibility in the attainment by man of any conception that does not refer to human life, proposes frankly to submit to this as a decree of experience and to shape metaphysics to agreement with it. The term was first used in this sense by F. C. S. Schiller (Riddles of the Sphinx). See humanism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anthropomorphism an-throp-o-morf′izm the representation of the Deity in the form of man or with bodily parts: the ascription to the Deity of human affections and passions
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. of human form; man + morfh` form
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anthrōpos, man, morphē, form.

Usage

In literature:

In most cases they conceive of some anthropomorphic being as the creator or arranger of the world.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
We know that all religions are necessarily more or less anthropomorphic.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
This may tend to throw some light upon what are called anthropomorphic ideas of God.
"Thoughts on a Revelation" by Samuel John Jerram
It was pure Anthropomorphism.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
When we use anthropomorphic language, we may speak of "self-assertion".
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
It was anthropomorphic of O'Donnell to see the leech as an enemy.
"The Leech" by Phillips Barbee
Their reasoning is non-anthropomorphic.
"Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley
Still the conceptions remain anthropomorphic.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Bel was distinctly anthropomorphic.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Such animal-gods are not anthropomorphized in early times.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Anthropomorphism, 65, 68, 82.
"Modern Substitutes for Christianity" by Pearson McAdam Muir
It had never been done; anthropomorphic conceptions had always interfered.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Anthropomorphism was common there as elsewhere among early religionists.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
But science is as anthropomorphic as theology.
"Thomas Carlyle" by Hector Carsewell Macpherson
Yet her idea was not anthropomorphic.
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
I believe in an anthropomorphic God, simply because I believe in a Theomorphic man.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
Anthropomorphism in greater or less degree is inseparable from our conceptions of the Supreme.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
The bird is then euhemerised or brought into anthropomorphic form.
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
To think otherwise is pure anthropomorphism.
"A Grammar of Freethought" by Chapman Cohen
But all such ideas, as applied to physics, are mere anthropomorphic superstitions.
"Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy" by Bertrand Russell
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In poetry:

Linked through the ages, one and all,
In long anthropomorphous chain,
The human and the animal
Inseparably must remain.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Humanizing animals (or anthropomorphizing, in a word) may seem like the right thing to do.
Rudyard Kipling, unofficial poet laureate of the British Raj, wrote a series of stories – moral fables, really – featuring anthropomorphized animals of India, plus the occasional human, that he called The Jungle Book.
At least our anthropomorphic assumptions let them be, like this gentleman in Ravenna who claims a bear not only rang his doorbell , but listened to him when he asked the bear to stop eating his flowers.
My work explores the influence of landscape on the individual by addressing the power of certain forms found in nature to evoke memory, emotion and anthropomorphic physicality.
Project Nim chronicles the animal wrongs perpetrated upon an anthropomorphized chimpanzee named Nim who was adopted, used, and abandoned by a series of researchers.
At least our anthropomorphic assumptions let them be, like this gentleman in Ravenna who claims a bear not only rang his doorbell, but listened to him when he asked the bear to stop eating his flowers.
Children's author Richard Scarry became known for his books centering on Busytown, hometown to a cluster of delightfully anthropomorphic animals, who – much like their human counterparts – are prone to various misadventures.
As this anthropomorphized pet so eloquently demonstrates, cruising blogs aren't just for humans anymore.
Anthropomorphic stele from the "Roads of Arabia " exhibit at the Arthur M Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC The exhibit will be until February 24, 2013.
"The good news is that it's benign - the bad news is that it appears to have fully anthropomorphized.".
Created in Germany, an anthropomorphic cartoon condom-man kicks the word AIDS.
And, indeed, the film, narrated by Tim Allen, does anthropomorphize its subjects, with several instances of Allen talking directly to the lead of the film, a young chimp named Oscar.
Max, Molly and Maggie, choosing a name for your pet can be an exercise in anthropomorphism.
Yes, anthropomorphic about the penguins, but Jane Chapman's chicks are rendered to win over a niche market, young readers with reservoirs of love for their plush animal toys.
A large painting behind the bar features a pair of wig-wearing anthropomorphic apes lovingly boozing together.
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In science:

Point 3 of sections 4.1 through 4.3, put in anthropomorphic language, says that the quantum algorithm is quicker than the classical algorithm because it disposes of an anticipated partial knowledge of the solution it will find in the future – knowing in advance 50% of it.
The quantum speed up as advanced knowledge of the solution
Thus, from simple mechanical architectures such as Cartesian robots or anthropomorphic, new mechanical architectures appear, called parallel mechanism as the Gough-Stewart platform .
The eel-like robot
This is, in a sense, no wonder if we think e.g. at the ”eternal” orbits of gravitational systems : by radiating gravitationally they will be less eternal than they seem to us at our anthropomorphic scale.
Speakable and unspeakable in cosmology: dark matter vs. gravitational self energies. Hubble's constant, the cosmological term and all that
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