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Line breaks: cyn¦an|thropy
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnanθrəpi

Definition of cynanthropy in English:


[mass noun] rare
A form of madness involving the delusion of being a dog, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
Example sentences
  • In Hegel's day, the abundant evidence of cynanthropy and lycanthopy in folk-lore and mythology was usually treated as subject-matter for the pathologist.
  • It is said that our laws are justly designated sanguinary; taken as a whole, no legislators, but those in a state of cynanthropy, could contemplate them without perturbation and horror of mind.
  • Some bite and snarl like dogs, and hence it has been called cynanthropy.


late 16th century: from French cynanthropie (after lycanthropie 'lycanthropy'), from Greek kun-, kuōn 'dog' + anthrōpos 'man'.

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