Definitions

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  • n. A delusion in which a person believes he or she is transformed into a dog.
  • n. A shape-shifting ability between human and canine forms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of madness in which men fancy themselves changed into dogs, and imitate the voice and habits of that animal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of madness in which the afflicted person imagines himself to be a dog, and imitates its voice and actions.

Etymologies

Coined based on Ancient Greek κύων (kuōn, "dog") and ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, "man; human"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • All those who are interested in the spread of human culture among the lower animals (and their name is legion) should make a point of not missing the really marvellous exhibition of cynanthropy given by the famous old Irish red setter wolfdog formerly known by the SOBRIQUET of Garryowen and recently rechristened by his large circle of friends and acquaintances Owen

    Ulysses

  • All those who are interested in the spread of human culture among the lower animals (and their name is legion) should make a point of not missing the really marvellous exhibition of cynanthropy given by the famous old Irish red setter wolfdog formerly known by the _sobriquet_ of

    Ulysses

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  • JM reckons that cynanthropy sufferers are barking up the wrong delusion.

    October 24, 2009