Definition of James Frazer from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


James Frazer

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(1854-1941) a Scottish anthropologist (= a person who studies the human race). He is best known for writing The Golden Bough, a study of many customs and religions. He had an important influence on the development of the science of anthropology in Britain, although most anthropologists now disagree with his ideas on the progress of human beliefs.