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anthropomorphic

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The Greeks used anthropomorphic or humanlike gods to explain natural phenomena. The anthropomorphic Poseidon was imagined to be a huge man who could use his trident to stir up the sea or crash into the ground to cause earthquakes. His brother, Zeus, the king of the gods, possessed an anthropomorphic, human-shaped body that was strong and muscular, easily capable of hurling thunderbolts across the sky. Often cultures will make their gods anthropomorphic or possessing human characteristics to make them more accessible to their human worshipers.

Quiz: What do anthropomorphic beings have?

  • They have a love for humanity.
  • They want to be human, although they are not.
  • They possess human characteristics and form.

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  • Kool-Aid leaders, however, have steadfastly refused to do so, threatening to summon their dreaded anthropomorphic pitcher if pressure does not relent. —The Onion
  • People need to stop this nonsense about anthropomorphic anything and realize there is some science/reason/mechanisms behind the changes that we're seeing — to think that the Earth or anything about it will be at a steady state is crazy. —Wired
  • These beliefs follow of necessity from their basic understanding of the nature of God, who is corporeal, created, finite, limited, anthropomorphic in the real sense. —The Atlantic
  • The people who take the animal-rights position and claim that animals are just like us are actually taking a very anthropomorphic and anti-evolutionary view. —The Atlantic

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anthrop human
-o- connective
morph shape, form
-ic nature of, like

Something anthropomorphic has the “nature of human form.”

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Jason and the Argonauts The anthropomorphic statue of Talos comes to life!
Anthropomorphic

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Anthropomorphic