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The Greek root word anthrop means “human.” This Greek word root is the origin of a number of English vocabulary words, including anthropology and anthropomorphic. The Greek root word anthrop can be recalled through the word philanthropist, for a “philanthropist” is someone who etymologically “loves humans,” and so does all she or he can to help the “human” race via unselfish support.

Have Your Fill of Anthropos

The Greek root word anthrop means “human” or “human being.” This word root podcast will be as giving as a philanthropist, generously filled with plenty of examples of English vocabulary words with the root anthrop in them!

When some people think of anthropology, they marvel over the amazing adventures of Indiana Jones. Although anthropologists, or those who scientifically study things “human,” might like to live a life as exciting as Indy did, they usually focus on “human” biology, cultural development, origin, and behavior instead of going off on crazy, hair-raising adventures. For instance, an anthropologist might study anthropoids, or those animals that resemble “humans,” such as “humans” themselves, apes, and monkeys, all of which are a part of the biological suborder Anthropoidea. An anthropologist, however, would not professionally study anthropoglots, or those birds which have tongues like “humans.” Can you think of a bird or birds which speak like “humans” do? Yes … parrots, parakeets, and Hill Mynahs are all anthropoglots since they can mimic “human” speech.

A misanthrope, or someone who hates “humans,” probably wouldn’t be too interested in being an anthropologist. Nor would a misanthrope be a philanthropist, or someone who loves “humans” so much that she selflessly serves them by giving of her time and/or money for both alleviating suffering and towards positive social purposes.

Human civilizations often tend to be anthropocentric, putting “humans” and “human” values above all other concerns. Humans also tend to perceive the Universe in terms of themselves. For instance, when the ancient Greeks envisioned their gods, they perceived them as anthropomorphic, or in the shape of a “human.” Hence Zeus looked like a very stern and imposing man with rippling muscles and a full beard, whereas Aphrodite was so beautiful every god and man fell in love with her at once. Speaking of “humans” and shapes, “humans” who were once believed to turn into wolves were afflicted with lycanthropy. Every full moon a lycanthropist would change from his “human” form into that of a savage werewolf. Imagine a lycanthropist who was also a misanthrope … now that would be a particularly unpleasant combination!

Lycanthropes, anthropoglots, and “human”-made Greek roots, oh my! Now that you know the Greek root word for what you are, you can truly appreciate anthrop when you look in the mirror!

  1. anthropology: the study of “humans”
  2. anthropoid: “human”-like in shape
  3. anthropoglot: a bird which has a tongue like a “human”
  4. misanthrope: a hater of “humans”
  5. philanthropist: one who loves “humans”
  6. anthropocentric: centered on things “human”
  7. anthropomorphic: shaped like a “human”
  8. lycanthropist: a “human” who turns into a wolf


  • philanthropy

    Philanthropy is unselfish support in the form of donating money, work, or gifts to positive social purposes; philanthropy is also overall love for humans in general.

  • misanthrope

    A misanthrope is someone who hates and mistrusts people.

  • anthropomorphic

    Something anthropomorphic is not human, but is shaped like a human or has human characteristics, such as behavior.

  • anthropocentric


  • anthropologist

    a social scientist who specializes in anthropology

  • anthropology

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

  • anthropomorphism

    the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits

  • anthropomorphize

    ascribe human features to something

  • anthropomorphous

    suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things

  • misanthropist

    someone who dislikes people in general

  • misanthropy

    hatred of mankind

  • philanthropic

    generous in assistance to the poor

  • philanthropist

    someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being

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