1. The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
2. 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).
1.a. Qualitative or quantitative analysis of a metal or ore to determine its components.
b. A substance to be so analyzed.
c. The result of such an analysis.
2. An analysis or examination.
3. A bioassay.
4. Archaic An attempt; an essay.
1. Logic Directly proving by argument.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to a word, the determination of whose referent is dependent on the context in which it is said or written. In the sentence I want him to come here now, the words I, here, him, and now are deictic because the determination of their referents depends on who says that sentence, and where, when, and of whom it is said.
A deictic word, such as I or there.
1. A principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief, as by a religious, political, scientific, or philosophic group; dogma.
2. A rule or principle of law, especially when established by precedent.
3. A statement of official government policy, especially in foreign affairs and military strategy.
4. Archaic Something taught; a teaching.
1. To adapt (a literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
2. To present or view in a dramatic or melodramatic way. v.intr.
1. To be adaptable to dramatic form.
2. To indulge in self-dramatization.
e·col·o·gy n.pl. e·col·o·gies
1.a. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Also called bionomics.
b. The relationship between organisms and their environment.
2. The branch of sociology that is concerned with studying the relationships between human groups and their physical and social environments. Also called human ecology.
3. The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward prevention or reversal through conservation. Also called human ecology.
tr.v. fem·i·nized, fem·i·niz·ing, fem·i·niz·es
1. To give a feminine appearance or character to.
2. To cause (a male) to assume feminine characteristics.
Hobbes, Thomas 1588-1679.
English philosopher and political theorist best known for his book Leviathan (1651), in which he argues
n.pl. hy·poth·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
2. Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or investigation; an assumption.
3. The antecedent of a conditional statement.
1. Of or having the function of an index.
2. Linguistics Deictic.
1. Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent.
2. Anatomy Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.
1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in “a sea of troubles” or “All the world’s a stage” (Shakespeare).
2. One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: “Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven” (Neal Gabler).
1. Very small or microscopic.
2. Basic or small-scale: the economy’s performance at the micro level.
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.
2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable.