Definition of zoanthropy in English:

zoanthropy

noun

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

    • ‘Among the more illiterate classes, to be possessed with the spirit of a fox is a form of zoanthropy not infrequently met with.’
    • ‘Individual zoanthropy occurs chiefly during a hysterical attack.’
    • ‘She has zoanthropy like her father, and turns into a tiger!’
    • ‘Intimations of zoanthropy and diabolical rites also attend the depiction of New York's financial world in David DeCoteau's low-budget horror movie Wolves of Wall Street (2002).’
    • ‘He was afflicted with a psychotic disorder called zoanthropy, and was reduced to acting like a brute beast of the field.’
    insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobia
    View synonyms

Origin

Mid 19th century: from zoo- + -anthropy, after lycanthropy.

Pronunciation

zoanthropy

/zəʊˈanθrəpi/