In 1598 a tailor of Chalons was sentenced by the parliament of Paris to be burned alive for lycanthropy.
Lycan′thrope, Lycan′thropist, a wolf-man or were-wolf, one affected with lycanthropy.
lycanthropy became regarded as a species of witchcraft, the werewolf as obtaining his powers from the Devil.
Brit., lycanthropy:Insane delusions must reflect the usages and beliefs of contemporaneous society.
The president of the Court declared that lycanthropy was a form of hallucination and was not in itself a punishable crime.
This property of lycanthropy, or metamorphosing into a beast, probably dates back to man's creation.
Nearly related to this lycanthropy is the more horrible vampirism.
lycanthropy confines itself to the metamorphosis of physical man to animal form only during man's physical lifetime.
lycanthropy, however, or the transformation of witches into wolves, presented more difficulty.
lycanthropy is a change of condition relative to a property, entirely independent of evolution.
1580s, a form of madness (described by ancient writers) in which the afflicted thought he was a wolf, from Greek lykanthropia, from lykanthropos "wolf-man," from lykos "wolf" (see wolf (n.)) + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-). Originally a form of madness (described by ancient writers) in which the afflicted thought he was a wolf; applied to actual transformations of persons (especially witches) into wolves since 1830 (see werewolf).
lycanthropy ly·can·thro·py (lī-kān'thrə-pē)
The delusion that one is a wolf.