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lycanthropy, lykanthropy (s) (noun); lycanthropies, lykanthropies
A kind of insanity described by ancient writers, in which the patient imagined himself or herself to be a wolf, and had the instincts and propensities of a wolf: Now lycanthropy is occasionally applied as a name of those forms of insanity in which patients imagine themselves to be beasts, and exhibit depraved appetites, alteration of voices, etc., in accordance with this delusion.

Lycanthropy was also the kind of witchcraft which made a person assume that he or she had the form and the nature of a wolf.

A lycanthrope is calling for guidance.

A lycanthrope is trying to get counseling during his monthly full-moon phase, but the service is busy.

"Thank you for calling the lycanthrope hot line. All of our operators are busy right now taking care of werewolves; so, if you will please hold, we'll get back to you as soon as possible."

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Lycanthropy, the changing of men into wolves has been found over the centuries in literature and folklore through out the world

The term, werewolf, comes from the Latin vir for "man", literally, "man-wolf"; in Russia, the oborol; in Portugal, the lobishomen; in France, the loup-garou; and in Scandinavia, the vagr.

In medieval days, suspected werewolves were sometimes flayed alive in the search for the dreaded wolf skin hidden beneath their human one. While other man-into-beast stories certainly exist, like the frenzied bear-shirters, or "berserkers", of Scandinavian origin, there are far more accounts of people being changed into wolves.

Lycanthropy is mentioned by Herodotus and Pliny, and there is even a section of the 11th-century treatise Decreta dealing with werewolves who seek absolution. King James VI of Scotland gave an unusually sensitive account of the warwoolfe in his Demonologie of 1597, calling it "a natural superabundance of melancholie."