Definition of lycanthropy in English:

lycanthropy

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the one hand, lycanthropy referred to the reality of the werewolf, that is, the phenomenon of metamorphosis from human form to wolf.’
    • ‘Vampirism, lycanthropy and even cannibalism can also be transmitted by bite, not to mention Contagious Lupine Homosexuality.’
    • ‘I was just trying to remember as much as I could about lycanthropy.’
    • ‘The equating of lycanthropy and homosexuality's pretty direct here and it's hard to figure out why.’
    • ‘Do they have a test for lycanthropy these days…?’
    • ‘Well, a werewolf bit them and yeah, lycanthropy is passed on through bites.’
    • ‘Ruby interrupted, ‘Lycanthropy this, lycanthropy that… don't you ever have a real excuse?’’
    • ‘When Ginger turns from horny to hyper violent, Brigitte's last hope is Sam, a handsome dope dealer with expertise in biology and lycanthropy.’
    • ‘A teenage werewolf tale that cleverly equates lycanthropy with menstruation, Snaps is a horror movie that apparently has something to say.’
    • ‘As a victim of lycanthropy, The Wolf had always been hungry for friends.’
    • ‘This is because I have contracted lycanthropy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What follows is a wincingly uninspired plot about siblings dealing with lycanthropy and trying to discover who infected them.’
    • ‘The full moon had long represented supernatural occurrences, lycanthropy and such.’
    • ‘For his trouble, he's cursed with a peculiar form of lycanthropy that appears to transform its sufferers into German shepherds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For some reason, with the curse of lycanthropy comes the curse of country music.’
    1. 1.1archaic A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, usually a wolf, with correspondingly altered behavior.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Similar attempts to explain lycanthropy as a delusion rooted in illness have been repeated throughout the twentieth century.’
      • ‘Modern academics see lycanthropy as a fantasy which reveals fundamental aspects of modern personality.’
      • ‘Whether DMX is a lycanthropy sufferer or simply identifies with the plight of the four-legged, it remains to be seen.’
      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/