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.
- can·ni·bal·is·tic, adjective
- can·ni·bal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- non·can·ni·bal·is·tic, adjective
- non·can·ni·bal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use cannibalism in a sentence
When the crickets come closer to each other, explains Jrasnatt, “that will lead to more cannibalism.”Here’s why cricket farmers may want to go green — literally | Anna Gibbs | May 23, 2022 | Science News For Students
At first, it looks as though they bear the scars of 19 months in the wilderness, regardless of whether cannibalism was part of the experience.What the Yellowjackets Season 1 Finale Reveals About the Show’s Wild Teen Matriarchy | Judy Berman | January 17, 2022 | Time
Fitting that Horror Caviar ends on a recipe inspired by Julia Ducournau’s film about cannibalism, which captivated the festival circuit when it was released in 2016.With Cookbook ‘Horror Caviar,’ A24 Brings Terror to the Kitchen | Madeleine Davies | November 18, 2021 | Eater
Eyes gouged, necks snapped, and even some good old fashioned cannibalism.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014 | Melissa Leon | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Vicious pecking, avian hysteria, mysterious deaths, and even cannibalism” are the results, he writes.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They practiced ceremonial cannibalism, believing the hearts of their victims would imbue them with power.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most egregious offender of this new trend: a Norwegian student who committed self cannibalism.
I had often read about cannibalism being widespread in the area, so I asked a local resident about it.
We were always the best of friends, and I even ventured gradually to wean them from cannibalism.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
cannibalism and blood-drinking could also be part of blunt necessity.The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
It is said that cannibalism is as common among the starving inhabitants as pork-eating in California.The Fiend's Delight | Dod Grile
Now there is good reason to guess that human sacrifices with no other origin than cannibalism survived even in ancient Greece.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
Accused of occasional cannibalism, justified by the pressure of famine.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies | Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for cannibalism
the act of eating human flesh or the flesh of one's own kind
savage and inhuman cruelty
- cannibalistic, adjective
- cannibalistically, adverb
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