- 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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Nearly related to this lycanthropy is the more horrible vampirism.The Magic of the Middle Ages
This malady, which is not unknown to physicians, has been termed "Lycanthropy."
Lycan′thrope, Lycan′thropist, a wolf-man or were-wolf, one affected with lycanthropy.
Lycanthropy became regarded as a species of witchcraft, the werewolf as obtaining his powers from the Devil.
Brit., Lycanthropy:Insane delusions must reflect the usages and beliefs of contemporaneous society.
- 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 and History 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.