anthropophagy

[an-thruh-pof-uh-jee]
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noun

the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.

Nearby words

  1. anthroponym,
  2. anthroponymy,
  3. anthropopathy,
  4. anthropophagi,
  5. anthropophagite,
  6. anthropophilic,
  7. anthropophyte,
  8. anthroposcopy,
  9. anthroposophy,
  10. anthroposphere

Origin of anthropophagy

From the Greek word anthrōpophagía, dating back to 1630–40. See anthropo-, -phagy

Related formsan·thro·po·phag·ic [an-thruh-puh-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /ˌæn θrə pəˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/, an·thro·po·phag·i·cal, an·thro·poph·a·gous [an-thruh-pof-uh-guh s] /ˌæn θrəˈpɒf ə gəs/, adjectivean·thro·poph·a·gous·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for anthropophagy

anthropophagy

n.

"cannibalism," 1630s, from French anthropophagie, from Greek anthropophagia "an eating of men," from anthropophagos "man-eating; a man-eater," from anthropo- + stem of phagein "to eat" (see -phagous). Related: Anthropophagic; anthropophagism.

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