lycanthrope

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lycanthrope a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and back again
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lycanthrope A human being fabled to have been changed into a wolf; a werewolf.
    • Lycanthrope One affected with lycanthropy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lycanthrope A man superstitiously supposed to be possessed of the power of transforming himself at pleasure into a wolf, and to be endowed while in that shape with its savage propensities; a were-wolf.
    • n lycanthrope A person affected with lycanthropy; one who imagines himself to be a wolf, and acts in conformity with his delusion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Lycanthrope a wolf-man or were-wolf, one affected with lycanthropy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; a wolf + a man
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. lykos, a wolf, anthrĊpos, a man.

Usage

In literature:

Lycanthropic criminals were also brought up who had prowled about and devastated the sheepfolds.
"The Superstitions of Witchcraft" by Howard Williams
Here, amid the primitive solitude of vast pine forests, flow lycanthropous rivers; here, too, grow lycanthropous shrubs and flowers.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
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In news:

Lately, my wife has morphed, with lycanthropic viciousness, into the Vegetarian Who's Really Impatient With Not Very Many Great Chinese Food Options (TVWRIWNVMGCFO).
Embry, left, Paul, Sam and Jared after their transformation into lycanthropes in New Moon.
If you've ever seen the classic horror/comedy flick "An American Werewolf in London" you know that Old Blighty is a hotbed of lycanthropic activity.
Embry, left, Paul, Sam and Jared after their transformation into lycanthropes in New Moon .
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