Definition of "anthropology" [an•thro•pol•o•gy]

  • (noun) The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
  • (noun) That part of Christian theology concerning the genesis, nature, and future of humans, especially as contrasted with the nature of God: "changing the church's anthropology to include more positive images of women” ( Priscilla Hart).

Use "anthropology" in a sentence

  • "She was a distinguished scientist who held three degrees in anthropology from the University of Chicago, but she was also, according to those who knew her, a courageous and groundbreaking example to other women."
  • "After dissecting yet another male-centered anthropological study, she states The great reassessment happening in anthropology is the realization that the complex of behaviors that seem to mark the emergence of highly intelligent Homo are those activities that have always been associated with women: plant gathering and processing, communal resource acquisition and provisioning — including shellfishing."
  • "While in the United States the term anthropology is used to name the whole subject, in Europe the name ethnology is applied."

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