Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A werewolf.
  • n. A person affected with lycanthropy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A werewolf.
  • n. A human with a curse that causes involuntary shapeshifting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A human being fabled to have been changed into a wolf; a werewolf.
  • n. One affected with lycanthropy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. A person affected with lycanthropy; one who imagines himself to be a wolf, and acts in conformity with his delusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and back again

Etymologies

Greek lukanthrōpos : lukos, wolf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots + anthrōpos, man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek λυκάνθρωπος (lukanthrōpos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Penny preferred the term lycanthrope, but there was no doubt in Allen’s mind.

    Vampire a Go-Go

  • “I believe she prefers to be called a lycanthrope,” Aidan offered.

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  • Some traditionalists might raise sand over the notion that the only thing that would phase a lycanthrope is a weapon of silver.

    artist needed

  • The lycanthrope is a perfectly decent person, except when the skin-turning rage is upon him.

    Three Hearts and Three Lions

  • Actually, I don't know whether the word "lycanthrope" really exists or has ever been used by anyone -- okay, it turns out it has -- but I used it in a poem I wrote in college entitled appropriately enough, I think "The Werewolf."

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  • Ruehl Fact: Nina Foch starred as a female lycanthrope who inherited her affliction from her gypsy mother in the horror film, Cry of the Werewolf 1944.

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  • Her body stays human but from the shoulders up she morphs into a lycanthrope.

    CfK

  • The Greek legend of King Lycaon of Arcadia being transmogrified into a wolf by Zeus after offending the god by serving him a meal of human flesh gave birth to the scientific term for werewolf, "lycanthrope."

    Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: 15 Intriguing Halloween-Related Factoids!

  • For most of recorded history, the half-man, half-wolf lycanthrope reigned supreme as the creature travellers most feared encountering in the woods and along dark roads at night.

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  • And as the full moon turned Scott into a complete dawg hooking up with Stiles' crush... bad wolf! and Allison got way too cozy with creepy-hot Jackson, the identity of this ever-elusive lycanthrope became even more important to our hairy hero, since his only hope for a cure — and a chance to win back his girl — is to kill the beast that bit him in the first place.

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