Definition of cynanthropy in English:



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

    • ‘A general cynanthropy prevailed - man ran about, and bit at man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.