One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of madness involving the delusion of being an animal, with correspondingly altered behaviour.
insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobiaView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from zoo- + -anthropy, after lycanthropy.
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