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Anthropomorphism Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    anthropomorphism n : the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits [syn: theanthropism]
Anthropomorphism Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Anthropomorphism \An`thro*po*mor"phism\, n. [Gr. ? of human form; ? man + ? form.]
  1. The representation of the Deity, or of a polytheistic deity, under a human form, or with human attributes and affections.
  2. The ascription of human characteristics to things not human.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Anthropomorphism'

Anthropomorphism is a term coined in the mid 1700s to refer to any attribution of human characteristics (or characteristics assumed or believed by some to belong only to humans) to animals or non-living things, phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. Examples include animals and plants and forces of nature such as winds, rain or the sun depicted as creatures with human motivations, and/or the abilities to reason and converse. The term derives from the combination of the Greek ἄνθρωπος (ánthrōpos), "human" and μορφή (morphē), "shape" or "form".

As a literary device, anthropomorphism is strongly associated with art and storytelling where it has ancient roots. Most cultures possess a long-standing fable tradition with anthropomorphised animals as characters that can stand as commonly recognised types of human behavior.

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