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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.


lycanthropy

/ ˌlaɪkənˈθrɒpɪk; 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


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Derived Forms

  • lycanthropic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ly·can·throp·ic [lahy-k, uh, n-, throp, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lycanthropy1

From the Greek word lykanthrōpía, dating back to 1575–85. See lycanthrope, -y 3

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lycanthropy1

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

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Example Sentences

IT seems that there is a disposition in certain minds to associate lycanthropy with the doctrine of the transmigration of souls.

Lycanthropy is a change of condition relative to a property, entirely independent of evolution.

This property of lycanthropy, or metamorphosing into a beast, probably dates back to man's creation.

Lycanthropy confines itself to the metamorphosis of physical man to animal form only during man's physical lifetime.

Amongst the Vaudois lycanthropy was also widely prevalent, and many of these werwolves were brought to trial and executed.

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