- a delusion in which one imagines oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal.
- the supposed or fabled assumption of the appearance of a wolf by a human being.
Origin of lycanthropy
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Historical Examples of lycanthropic
The tanoana seems to be the soul of which lycanthropic feats are asserted.
Lycanthropic criminals were also brought up who had prowled about and devastated the sheepfolds.The Superstitions of Witchcraft
- the supposed magical transformation of a person into a wolf
- psychiatry a delusion in which a person believes that he is a wolf
Word Origin for lycanthropy
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).
- The delusion that one is a wolf.