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Attribution of human feelings to things not human, such as inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.
[Late Greek anthrōpopathēs, involved in human suffering (from Greek, having human feelings, from anthrōpopathein, to have human feelings : anthrōpo-, anthropo- + pathos, feeling; see pathos) + -ism.]
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the assignment of human feelings or passions to something not human, as a deity or an animal. — anthropopathic. adj.See also: Animals
the assignment of human feelings to a god or inanimate object. — anthropopathite, n. — anthropopathic, adj.See also: God and Gods
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