lycanthropy

[ lahy-kan-thruh-pee ]

noun
  1. a delusion in which one imagines oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal.

  2. the supposed or fabled assumption of the appearance of a wolf by a human being.

Origin of lycanthropy

1
From the Greek word lykanthrōpía, dating back to 1575–85. See lycanthrope, -y3

Other words from lycanthropy

  • ly·can·throp·ic [lahy-kuhn-throp-ik], /ˌlaɪ kənˈθrɒp ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lycanthropy

lycanthropy

/ (laɪˈkænθrəpɪ) /


noun
  1. the supposed magical transformation of a person into a wolf

  2. psychiatry a delusion in which a person believes that he is a wolf

Origin of lycanthropy

1
C16: from Greek lukānthropía, from lukos wolf + anthrōpos man

Derived forms of lycanthropy

  • lycanthropic (ˌlaɪkənˈθrɒpɪk), adjective

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