Definition of anthropophagist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanTHrəˈpäfəjəst/
(also anthropophagite /ˌanTHrəˈpäfəjīt/)


A person who eats the flesh of other human beings; a cannibal: they had been living among anthropophagists, and had joined in their feasts
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  • Since hamburger meat is your flesh of choice, you don't qualify as an anthropophagist.
  • Boiardo and Ariosto recount meetings with anthropophagists among the adventures of their knightly heroes.
  • I think it is Tacitus who records that at the time he visited Britain the Picts of Galloway were anthropophagists.


Late 19th century: from Greek anthropos 'human being' + phago- 'eating' (from the verb phagein) + -ist (see anthropophagus).

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Syllabification: an·thro·poph·a·gist

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