anthropomorphism

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an·thro·po·mor·phism

 (ăn′thrə-pə-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.

an′thro·po·mor′phic adj.
an′thro·po·mor′phi·cal·ly adv.
an′thro·po·mor′phist n.

anthropomorphism

(ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪzəm)
n
the attribution of human form or behaviour to a deity, animal, etc
ˌanthropoˈmorphist n

anthropomorphism

- The ascription of a human attribute or personality to anything impersonal or irrational.
See also related terms for personality.

anthropomorphism

the assignment of human shape and attributes to gods, animals, etc. — anthropomorphist, n.anthropomorphic, anthropomorphical, anthropomorphistic, adj.
See also: God and Gods
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anthropomorphism - the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traitsanthropomorphism - the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
representational process - any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
Translations

anthropomorphism

[ˌænθrəʊpəˈmɔːfɪzəm] Nantropomorfismo m

anthropomorphism

[ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːrfɪzəm] nanthropomorphisme m

anthropomorphism

nAnthropomorphismus m
References in classic literature ?
And Hall, usually so merry, could outfoot them all when he once got started on the cosmic pathos of religion and the gibbering anthropomorphisms of those who loved not to die.
seven changes are made," the main purpose being to remove anthropomorphisms.
A further, presumably ideological, phenomenon in Onkelos is that anthropomorphisms are generally avoided, replacing, for example, "God did" with "the word (meimra) or glory (yekara) of God did.
On anthropomorphisms within the Sunna, see also Daniel Gimaret, Dieu a l'image de i'homme: Les anthropomorphismes de la sunna et leur interpretation par les thologiens (Paris, 1997).
Baljon, 'Qur'anic Anthropomorphisms," Islamic Studies 27 (1988); 119-27; W.
4) God is khilaf al-'alam--"the absolute divergence from the world"--and this characteristically Islamic doctrine of mukhalafa, "(divine) otherness," precludes divine corporeality and anthropomorphism.
Meilir winces at the trite urban anthropomorphisms, but he hopes the series will provide a much-needed boost for the Welsh sheep industry.
Part One discusses the Samaritan Pentateuch (expanded like some of the Qumran documents, but with additional sectarian readings favoring Gerizim over Jerusalem, avoiding anthropomorphisms when speaking of the deity, and enhancing the status of Moses), the Samaritan Joshua (that begins with the time of Moses and takes the history down to the Roman occupation), and the Annals and chronicles (that continue the story where the Samaritan Joshua left off and continue the Samaritan story to modern times).
All of which came pouring back for Magic Morris (BBC1), an affectionate tribute to one of TV's most genuinely nice people - and whose anthropomorphisms were inspiration for Aardman Animation's famous British Gas ads.
The Onkelos translator replaces the anthropomorphisms with "It has been revealed before Me" instead of "I have seen," and "their cry has been heard before Me" instead of "I have heard.
Saadiah, like Onkelos, translated the Torah in a rational manner, eschewed anthropomorphisms, halakhah and interesting homiletical interpretations [derash], which go beyond the plain original meaning of the biblical text.
The term yekara, "glory," is also utilized to avoid anthropomorphism, but it reflects the impact that God makes upon humans.