the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anthropophagy

Historical Examples of anthropophagy

  • These ideas, therefore, also probably represent the origin of anthropophagy.

  • Anthropophagy is much less general than is usually believed.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • On the other hand, Central Africa appears to be the chief seat of anthropophagy.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • It is suspected that several were accounted for by anthropophagy.

  • As a fact, anthropophagy is certainly a decadent thing, not a primitive one.


    G. K. Chesterton

Word Origin and History for anthropophagy

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper