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zoanthropy Line breaks: zo¦an|thropy
Pronunciation: /zəʊˈanθrəpi/

Definition of zoanthropy in English:

noun

[mass noun] rare
A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
Example sentences
  • Individual zoanthropy occurs chiefly during a hysterical attack.
  • Intimations of zoanthropy and diabolical rites also attend the depiction of New York's financial world in David DeCoteau's low-budget horror movie Wolves of Wall Street (2002).
  • Among the more illiterate classes, to be possessed with the spirit of a fox is a form of zoanthropy not infrequently met with.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from zoo- + -anthropy, after lycanthropy.

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