Definition of zoanthropy in English:



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

    • ‘Individual zoanthropy occurs chiefly during a hysterical attack.’
    • ‘She has zoanthropy like her father, and turns into a tiger!’
    • ‘Among the more illiterate classes, to be possessed with the spirit of a fox is a form of zoanthropy not infrequently met with.’
    • ‘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
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Mid 19th century: from zoo- + -anthropy, after lycanthropy.