Share this entry

cynanthropy Line breaks: cyn¦an|thropy
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnanθrəpi/

Definition of cynanthropy in English:


[mass noun] rare
A form of madness involving the delusion of being a dog, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
Example sentences
  • In Hegel's day, the abundant evidence of cynanthropy and lycanthopy in folk-lore and mythology was usually treated as subject-matter for the pathologist.
  • It is said that our laws are justly designated sanguinary; taken as a whole, no legislators, but those in a state of cynanthropy, could contemplate them without perturbation and horror of mind.
  • 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'.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources