Definition of cynanthropy in English:



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

    • ‘From the illnesses of Cynanthropy and Lycanthropy, many change into dogs, their eyes become fiery, with threatening teeth and a sharp nose.’
    • ‘Some bite and snarl like dogs, and hence it has been called cynanthropy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobia
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Late 16th century: from French cynanthropie (after lycanthropie lycanthropy), from Greek kun-, kuōn dog + anthrōpos man.