What does anthropology mean?

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ˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒian·thro·pol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anthropology(noun)

    the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings

GCIDE

  1. Anthropology(n.)

    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.

    Etymology: [Gr. 'a`nqrwpos man + -logy.]

Wiktionary

  1. anthropology(Noun)

    The holistic scientific and social study of humanity, mainly using ethnography as its method.

    Etymology: From anthropo-, from ἄνθρωπος + -logy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anthropology(noun)

    the science of the structure and functions of the human body

    Etymology: [Gr. 'a`nqrwpos man + -logy.]

  2. Anthropology(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Gr. 'a`nqrwpos man + -logy.]

  3. Anthropology(noun)

    that manner of expression by which the inspired writers attribute human parts and passions to God

    Etymology: [Gr. 'a`nqrwpos man + -logy.]

Freebase

  1. Anthropology

    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

  1. Anthropology

    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

  1. Anthropology

    the science of man as he exists or has existed under different physical and social conditions.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Anthropology

    The science devoted to the comparative study of man.

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    The numerical value of anthropology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

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    The numerical value of anthropology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of anthropology in a Sentence

  1. Octavia E. Butler:

    I’ve talked to high school kids who are thinking about trying to become a writer and asking ‘What should I major in?’, and I tell them, ‘History. Anthropology. Something where you get to know the human species a little better, as opposed to something where you learn to arrange words.’ I don’t know whether that’s good advice or not, but it feels right to me.

  2. Emily Deschanel:

    Without the TV series 'Bones,' I honestly do not believe that I would have developed an interest in anthropology like I did, besides the field of study, I really admired [the] 'Bones' character. She was smart, strong, independent, and had an exciting life. I wanted to be like that.

  3. Alfred L. Kroeber:

    Anthropology is the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities.

  4. Neil Postman:

    Because he did not have time to read every new book in his field, the great Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski used a simple and efficient method of deciding which ones were worth his attention: Upon receiving a new book, he immediately checked the index to see if his name was cited, and how often. The more "Malinowski" the more compelling the book. No "Malinowski," and he doubted the subject of the book was anthropology at all.

  5. Wystan Hugh Auden:

    History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.

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