- the eating of human flesh by another human being.
- the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of its own kind.
- the ceremonial eating of human flesh or parts of the human body for magical or religious purposes, as to acquire the power or skill of a person recently killed.
- the act of pecking flesh from a live fowl by a member of the same flock.
- the removal of parts, equipment, assets, or employees from one product, item, or business in order to use them in another.
- the acquisition and absorption of smaller companies by a large corporation or conglomerate.
Origin of cannibalism
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Examples from the Web for cannibalistic
She was chatty and casual, and expressed her abstract concern that American democracy is on a cannibalistic downward slide.In Houston, an NRA Victory Lap
May 4, 2013
At the cannibalistic comparison, Schomberg muttered a faint, sickly "don't."Victory
Do not think them so cannibalistic as report has it, my dears.Polly's Business Venture</p>
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Larry said that he didnt know but it was cannibalistic to eat so many hearts.Betty Lee, Senior</p>
Harriet Pyne Grove
There is first their cannibalistic propensity to be reckoned with.Spiders
Often they were cannibalistic, boiling their victims in huge clay kettles.Lost in the Wilds of Brazil</p>
James H. Foster
- the act of eating human flesh or the flesh of one's own kind
- savage and inhuman cruelty
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Word Origin and History for cannibalistic
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