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lycanthropy

[lahy-kan-thruh-pee] /laɪˈkæn θrə pi/
noun
1.
a delusion in which one imagines oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal.
2.
the supposed or fabled assumption of the appearance of a wolf by a human being.
Origin of lycanthropy
1575-1585
1575-85; < Greek lykanthrōpía. See lycanthrope, -y3
Related forms
lycanthropic
[lahy-kuh n-throp-ik] /ˌlaɪ kənˈθrɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lycanthropy

lycanthropy

/laɪˈkænθrəpɪ/
noun
1.
the supposed magical transformation of a person into a wolf
2.
(psychiatry) a delusion in which a person believes that he is a wolf
Derived Forms
lycanthropic (ˌlaɪkənˈθrɒpɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Greek lukānthropía, from lukos wolf + anthrōpos man
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Word Origin and History for lycanthropy
n.

1580s, a form of madness (described by ancient writers) in which the afflicted thought he was a wolf, from Greek lykanthropia, from lykanthropos "wolf-man," from lykos "wolf" (see wolf (n.)) + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-). Originally a form of madness (described by ancient writers) in which the afflicted thought he was a wolf; applied to actual transformations of persons (especially witches) into wolves since 1830 (see werewolf).

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lycanthropy in Medicine

lycanthropy ly·can·thro·py (lī-kān'thrə-pē)
n.
The delusion that one is a wolf.

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