One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of madness involving the delusion of being a dog, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobiaView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘A general cynanthropy prevailed - man ran about, and bit at man.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some bite and snarl like dogs, and hence it has been called cynanthropy.’
- ‘From the illnesses of Cynanthropy and Lycanthropy, many change into dogs, their eyes become fiery, with threatening teeth and a sharp nose.’
Late 16th century: from French cynanthropie (after lycanthropie ‘lycanthropy’), from Greek kun-, kuōn ‘dog’ + anthrōpos ‘man’.
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