[ lahy-kan-thruh-pee ]
/ laɪˈkæn θrə pi /


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

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

Related forms

ly·can·throp·ic [lahy-kuh n-throp-ik] /ˌlaɪ kənˈθrɒp ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lycanthropy


/ (laɪˈkænθrəpɪ) /


the supposed magical transformation of a person into a wolf
psychiatry a delusion in which a person believes that he is a wolf

Derived Forms

lycanthropic (ˌlaɪkənˈθrɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for lycanthropy

C16: from Greek lukānthropía, from lukos wolf + anthrōpos man
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Medicine definitions for lycanthropy


[ lī-kănthrə-pē ]


The delusion that one is a wolf.
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