cannibalism

[kan-uh-buh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
the eating of human flesh by another human being.
2.
the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of its own kind.
3.
the ceremonial eating of human flesh or parts of the human body for magical or religious purposes, as to acquire the power or skill of a person recently killed.
4.
the act of pecking flesh from a live fowl by a member of the same flock.
5.
the removal of parts, equipment, assets, or employees from one product, item, or business in order to use them in another.
6.
the acquisition and absorption of smaller companies by a large corporation or conglomerate.

Origin:
1790–1800; cannibal + -ism

cannibalistic, adjective
cannibalistically, adverb
noncannibalistic, adjective
noncannibalistically, adverb
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cannibalism (ˈkænɪbəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the act of eating human flesh or the flesh of one's own kind
2.  savage and inhuman cruelty
 
cannibal'istic
 
adj
 
cannibal'istically
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

cannibalism
1796, from cannibal + -ism. Perhaps from Fr. cannibalisme, from the same year.

cannibalistic
1851, from cannibal + -istic.
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Example sentences
Scorpions take on other scorpions in this cannibalistic spectacle.
But many species are territorial or cannibalistic, making them difficult to
  farm.
The notion that prehistoric human cultures were cannibalistic, however, has its
  skeptics.
Many of them came to a tragic and cannibalistic end.
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