(from Gk. for wolf and man). 1. Form of insanity in which one believes that he is an animal, esp. a wolf. 2. Belief that one can transform himself and/or others into animal (esp. wolf) form (hence werewolf, from OE wer, man). In the Middle Ages, as late as the 17th c., theologians regarded lycanthropy as a branch of sorcery.
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