Meaning of theriomorphic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌθɪərɪə(ʊ)ˈmɔːfɪk/


  • (especially of a deity) having an animal form.

    ‘gods depicted in theriomorphic form’
    • ‘a theriomorphic vehicle’
    • ‘If they are animal masks of a god, my best guess is that they are theriomorphic manifestations rather than anthropomorphisations.’
    • ‘Sometimes, therefore, her features were theriomorphic.’
    • ‘A revival of theriomorphic figures could also be accomplished by turning to those of the remote past.’
    • ‘These changes reduce Hathor's theriomorphic iconography and help bring her into focus for the modern eye.’
    • ‘A minority interpretation to which I adhere is that Leviathan in Job 41 is a theriomorphic description of Satan.’
    • ‘One of the aims of this paper is to discuss the argument that in the Mycenaean pantheon theriomorphic divinities might have existed.’
    • ‘This word ‘theriomorphic’ is used here to specifically evoke the representation of a deity in the shape of a beast.’
    • ‘All these characteristics, however, can already be discerned in the religion of Ancient Egypt, where elaborate anthropomorphic and theriomorphic representations and extensive mythological narratives exist alongside fetish objects and large lacunae in mythology.’
    animal, beastlike, animalistic


Late 19th century from Greek thērion ‘wild beast’ + -morph+ -ic.