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Line breaks: ly¦can|thropy
Pronunciation: /lʌɪˈkanθrəpi

Definition of lycanthropy in English:


[mass noun]
1The mythical transformation of a person into a wolf.
Example sentences
  • For his trouble, he's cursed with a peculiar form of lycanthropy that appears to transform its sufferers into German shepherds.
  • A teenage werewolf tale that cleverly equates lycanthropy with menstruation, Snaps is a horror movie that apparently has something to say.
  • When Ginger turns from horny to hyper violent, Brigitte's last hope is Sam, a handsome dope dealer with expertise in biology and lycanthropy.
1.1 archaic A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, usually a wolf, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
Example sentences
  • Similar attempts to explain lycanthropy as a delusion rooted in illness have been repeated throughout the twentieth century.
  • In modern psychology, lycanthropy is an infrequent disorder in which a person believes they're a wolf or some other animal, often linked to schizophrenia.
  • There are a few cases of lycanthropy, such as drug addicts being locked up after claiming to be seeing satanic visions, growing hair and even chasing rabbits in their spare time.


late 16th century (as a supposed form of madness): from modern Latin lycanthropia, from Greek lukanthrōpia, from lukos 'wolf' + anthrōpos 'man'.



Example sentences
  • It went lycanthropic and started growling at me.
  • She was a very suggestive looking… er… droid, especially to a lonely guy with lycanthropic tendencies.
  • These men and women were all subject to genetic altercations that created them into lycanthropic monsters.

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