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

Definition of zoanthropy in English:


[mass noun] rare
A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
Example sentences
  • She has zoanthropy like her father, and turns into a tiger!
  • He was afflicted with a psychotic disorder called zoanthropy, and was reduced to acting like a brute beast of the field.
  • Among the more illiterate classes, to be possessed with the spirit of a fox is a form of zoanthropy not infrequently met with.


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

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