Definition of lycanthropy in English:

lycanthropy

noun

  • 1The supernatural transformation of a person into a wolf, as recounted in folk tales.

    • ‘Vampirism, lycanthropy and even cannibalism can also be transmitted by bite, not to mention Contagious Lupine Homosexuality.’
    • ‘For his trouble, he's cursed with a peculiar form of lycanthropy that appears to transform its sufferers into German shepherds.’
    • ‘Stef wouldn't usually talk about his lycanthropy, or sex - the first out of fear that people were listening, and the latter because he worried about making people uncomfortable.’
    • ‘You see, Mr. Jennings, the strength and power contained in that cell may hold the key to immortality, if I read my legends of lycanthropy correctly.’
    • ‘As a victim of lycanthropy, The Wolf had always been hungry for friends.’
    • ‘This is because I have contracted lycanthropy.’
    • ‘Well, a werewolf bit them and yeah, lycanthropy is passed on through bites.’
    • ‘Yeah, this pretty much flies in the face of the original, wherein the slightest tap from a syringe full of the stuff seemed to instantly remedy lycanthropy, but… whatever.’
    • ‘The full moon had long represented supernatural occurrences, lycanthropy and such.’
    • ‘A teenage werewolf tale that cleverly equates lycanthropy with menstruation, Snaps is a horror movie that apparently has something to say.’
    • ‘What follows is a wincingly uninspired plot about siblings dealing with lycanthropy and trying to discover who infected them.’
    • ‘That his lycanthropy is never resolved (it is neither cured nor its origin explained) seems not to bother the baron, the king, his men, or Marie herself.’
    • ‘I was just trying to remember as much as I could about lycanthropy.’
    • ‘On the one hand, lycanthropy referred to the reality of the werewolf, that is, the phenomenon of metamorphosis from human form to wolf.’
    • ‘Do they have a test for lycanthropy these days…?’
    • ‘The equating of lycanthropy and homosexuality's pretty direct here and it's hard to figure out why.’
    • ‘For some reason, with the curse of lycanthropy comes the curse of country music.’
    • ‘When Ginger turns from horny to hyper violent, Brigitte's last hope is Sam, a handsome dope dealer with expertise in biology and lycanthropy.’
    • ‘Ruby interrupted, ‘Lycanthropy this, lycanthropy that… don't you ever have a real excuse?’’
    1. 1.1archaic A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, usually a wolf, with correspondingly altered behavior.
      • ‘Modern academics see lycanthropy as a fantasy which reveals fundamental aspects of modern personality.’
      • ‘In modern psychology, lycanthropy is an infrequent disorder in which a person believes they're a wolf or some other animal, often linked to schizophrenia.’
      • ‘Whether DMX is a lycanthropy sufferer or simply identifies with the plight of the four-legged, it remains to be seen.’
      • ‘There are a few cases of lycanthropy, such as drug addicts being locked up after claiming to be seeing satanic visions, growing hair and even chasing rabbits in their spare time.’
      • ‘Similar attempts to explain lycanthropy as a delusion rooted in illness have been repeated throughout the twentieth century.’
      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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Origin

Late 16th century (as a supposed form of madness): from modern Latin lycanthropia, from Greek lukanthrōpia, from lukos ‘wolf’ + anthrōpos ‘man’.

Pronunciation

lycanthropy

/laɪˈkænθrəpi//līˈkanTHrəpē/