Christian Cyclopedia

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(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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