from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ascribe human characteristics to.
- intransitive v. To ascribe human characteristics to things not human.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To endow with human qualities.
- v. To attribute human characteristics to something that is non-human.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To attribute a human form or personality to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To invest with human qualities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. ascribe human features to something
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Creative Power -- to, in short, anthropomorphize it, or reduce it to some such character as that borne by the ordinary proceedings of mankind.
Norman (2004, 138) stresses that people anthropomorphize, that is, project human emotions and beliefs into anything, animate or not.
We do not "anthropomorphize" our digestion any more than we anthropomorphize furnaces with thermostats.
That said, when the pejorative "anthropomorphize" is generically applied to studies that document commonalities between the emotional/cognitive responses of non-human and human animals, I suspect it often comes from persons who are not comfortable regarding themselves as animals.
Maltheism, of course, has a long and rich history through dystheism, misotheism, theodicy, dualism, and fideism, due largely to the fact that religious authors through the ages have taken great pains to unapologetically anthropomorphize their gods in all the worst ways possible.
Would it be against "critical thinking" or even science to anthropomorphize to that extent if a manuscript were found on Mars or SETI were to send us instructions on how to make a time machine?
While it's easy to anthropomorphize the behavior of wild animals and make value judgments based on our own human sense of morality, the reality is that such notions are completely irrelevant to the natural world.
Synopsis: The “cynical gag” manga and anime take the archetypal characteristics of about 20 countries and regions, and anthropomorphize them as (mostly) bishōnen characters.
Anyone else still secretly anthropomorphize toys or stuffed animals as an adult?
Some people might argue that I anthropomorphize animals, but I reject this.