a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “human,” used in the formation of compound words:
indicating man or human: anthropology, anthropomorphism
before a vowel, anthrop-, word-forming element meaning “pertaining to man or human beings,” from comb. form of Greek anthropos “man, human being” (sometimes also including women) from Attic andra (genitive andros), from Greek aner “man” (as opposed to a woman, a god, or a boy), from PIE *hner “man” (cf. Sanskrit nar-, Armenian ayr, Welsh ner).
Anthropos sometimes is explained as a compound of aner and ops (genitive opos) “eye, face;” so literally “he who has the face of a man.” The change of -d- to -th- is difficult to explain; perhaps it is from some lost dialectal variant, or the mistaken belief that there was an aspiration sign over the vowel in the second element (as though *-dhropo-), which mistake might have come about by influence of common verbs such as horao “to see.”
noun the Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment noun a term used to describe the current geological period, starting from the 18th century when human activities began to impact global climate […]
regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe. assuming human beings to be the final aim and end of the universe. viewing and interpreting everything in terms of human experience and values. Historical Examples After the geocentric illusion had been destroyed, the anthropocentric illusion still remained. The Positive School of Criminology Enrico […]
regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe. assuming human beings to be the final aim and end of the universe. viewing and interpreting everything in terms of human experience and values. adjective regarding man as the most important and central factor in the universe adj. “regarding man as the center,” 1855, […]
the state or quality of being . an interpretation of the universe.