Definition of cynanthropy in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    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’.