the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings
The science of man, including the study of the ditribution of physical and cultural attributes in relation to man's origin, location, history, and environment; -- sometimes used in a limited sense to mean the study of man as an object of natural history, or as an animal.
Origin: [Gr. 'a`nqrwpos man + -logy.]
The holistic scientific and social study of humanity, mainly using ethnography as its method.
Origin: From anthropo-, from ἄνθρωπος + -logy.
the science of the structure and functions of the human body
the science of man; -- sometimes used in a limited sense to mean the study of man as an object of natural history, or as an animal
that manner of expression by which the inspired writers attribute human parts and passions to God
Origin: [Gr. 'a`nqrwpos man + -logy.]
Anthropology is the "science of humanity." It has origins in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The term "anthropology" is from the Greek anthrōpos, "man", understood to mean humankind or humanity, and -logia, "discourse" or "study." Since the work of Franz Boas and Bronisław Malinowski in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, anthropology has been distinguished from other social sciences by its emphasis on in-depth examination of context, cross-cultural comparisons, and the importance it places on participant-observation, or long-term, experiential immersion in the area of research. Cultural anthropology in particular has emphasized cultural relativism, holism, and the use of findings to frame cultural critiques. This has been particularly prominent in the United States, from Boas's arguments against 19th-century racial ideology, through Margaret Mead's advocacy for gender equality and sexual liberation, to current criticisms of post-colonial oppression and promotion of multiculturalism. Ethnography is one of its primary methods as well as the text that is generated from anthropological fieldwork. In the United States, the discipline is traditionally divided into four sub-fields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology. In Europe, the discipline originated as ethnology and was originally defined as the study of social organization in non-state societies. It was later renamed social anthropology. It is now sometimes referred to as sociocultural anthropology in most of Europe, the Commonwealth, and in the parts of the world that were influenced by the European tradition.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an-throp-ol′oj-i, n. the science of man, more especially considered as a social animal: the natural history of man in its widest sense, treating of his relation to the brutes, his evolution, the different races, &c.—adj. Anthropolog′ical.—adv. Anthropolog′ically.—n. Anthropol′ogist, one versed in anthropology. [Gr. anthrōpos, man, and logos, discourse—legein, to say.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the science of man as he exists or has existed under different physical and social conditions.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The science devoted to the comparative study of man.
The numerical value of anthropology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of anthropology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities.
Anthropology is the only discipline that can access evidence about the entire human experience on this planet.
History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
Until now, the EAAF (Team of Argentine Forensic Anthropology) has not found scientific evidence to establish any link between the remains recovered in the Cocula dump and the missing students.
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- antropologiaCatalan, Valencian
- corp-eòlas, daonn-eòlasScottish Gaelic
- नृविज्ञान, मानवशास्त्रHindi
- embertan, antropológiaHungarian
- inuup ineriartorneranik ilisimatusarneqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- នរវិទ្យា, មនុស្សសាស្ត្រKhmer
- ಮಂದಿಯರಿಮೆ, ಮಾನವಶಾಸ್ತ್ರKannada
- 人類學, 인류학Korean
- mātauranga tikanga tangataMāori
- хүн судлалMongolian
- antropologi, kaji manusiaMalay
- bílaʼashdlaʼii dóó áłʼąą dineʼé naalkaahNavajo, Navaho
- antropologija, антропологијаSerbo-Croatian
- človekoslovje, antropologijaSlovene
- మానవ శాస్త్రముTelugu
- antropoloji, insanbilimTurkish
- nhân loại học, 人類學Vietnamese
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