PRONUNCIATION: (an-thruh-puh-mor-fy-ZAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: Attribution of human qualities to things not human.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek anthropo- (human) + morph (form). Earliest documented use: 1880.


ANTHROPOMORPHINATION - a man turning into an opium den

ARTHROPOMORPHIZATION - a Kafka-esque literary device, to be used sparingly as it's full of bugs :
(as in, "Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams and found himself transformed into a gigantic insect...")