I'm writing a fanfiction and I can't seem to find the word for making an inanimate object act like an animal.

I'm writing from the object's point of view, it supposed to act like a fledgling bird. (ie; is capable of loyalty to humans, can actually get hungry and expect to be fed, associate action with reward, can be trained.)

  • its the opposite of anthromorphism – Hack Generation May 6 '15 at 22:22
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    theriomorphize? But to anthropomorphize something is to look at it as being human, not to make it act like a human. So it's not a perfect analogy. – herisson May 6 '15 at 22:37
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    How about "animate"? ;) – Hot Licks May 7 '15 at 0:20

It falls under zoomorphism.

Zoomorphism is a derivative of a Greek word zōon that means animal and morphē means form or shape. It is a literary technique in which the animal attributes are imposed upon non-animal objects, humans, and events and animal features are ascribed to humans, gods and other objects.


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