Definition of Lycanthropy

1. Noun. (folklore) the magical ability of a person to assume the characteristics of a wolf.

Generic synonyms: Magical Ability, Magical Power
Category relationships: Folklore



Definition of Lycanthropy

1. n. The supposed act of turning one's self or another person into a wolf.

Definition of Lycanthropy

1. Noun. (mythology) The act of shapeshifting between the form of a human being and a wolf, often done during a full moon, according to legend. ¹

2. Noun. A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lycanthropy

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Medical Definition of Lycanthropy

1. 1. The supposed act of turning one's self or another person into a wolf. 2. A kind of erratic melancholy, in which the patient imagines himself a wolf, and imitates the actions of that animal. Origin: Gr., cf. F. Lycanthropie. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lycanthropy

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Literary usage of Lycanthropy

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1. The book of were-wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
"WHAT is lycanthropy ? The change of man or woman into the form of a wolf, ... Among the ancients this kind of insanity went by the names of lycanthropy, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Psychological Medicine: Giving the Definition, Etymology and by Daniel Hack Tuke (1892)
"This lycanthropy she does, and Alphonso is restored to his right shape, and is warmly ... A typical case of lycanthropy waa admitted into the asylum of ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"And thus we are led to refer lycanthropy to the more general facts of primitive TOTEMISM (qv), for the facts recited are as undoubtedly characteristic of ..."

4. The American Monthly Magazine (1833)
"ON THE POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS OF EUROPE:— lycanthropy. AMERICA is new. She is a bright shining penny ..."

5. The Natives of British Central Africa by Alice Werner (1906)
"CHAPTER IV RELIGION AND MAGIC—II Creation. Origin of death. Lake Nyasa. Rain- making. Charms. Witchcraft. lycanthropy, Divination. Food tabus. Dances. ..."

6. The Asylum Journal of Mental Science (1857)
"Distemper horrid to describe, And all the learned Physic tribe In their dog-language do agree To call it, Sir—lycanthropy : Yes, Mr. Pither, that's its name ..."

7. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott (1882)
"... by the Inquisitor De Lancre and his Colleague—lycanthropy— Witches in Spain—in Sweden— and particularly those apprehended at Mohra. ..."

8. Phantasmata: Or, Illusions and Fanaticisms of Protean Forms, Productive of by Richard Robert Madden (1857)
"lycanthropy, OR WOLF TRANSFORMATION MANIA. THE prevalence of particular forms of insanity at particular epochs has been noticed in various countries, ..."

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