noun[mass noun] rare
A form of madness involving the delusion of being a dog, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
More 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'.