noun[mass noun] rare
A form of madness involving the delusion of being a dog, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
- From the illnesses of Cynanthropy and Lycanthropy, many change into dogs, their eyes become fiery, with threatening teeth and a sharp nose.
- A general cynanthropy prevailed - man ran about, and bit at man.
- 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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