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Related to anthropophagy: anthropophagous


n. pl. an·thro·poph·a·gi (-jī′)
A person who eats human flesh; a cannibal.

[Latin anthrōpophagus, from Greek anthrōpophagos, man-eating : anthrōpo-, anthropo- + -phagos, -phagous.]

an′thro·po·phag′ic (-pə-făj′ĭk), an′thro·poph′a·gous (-pŏf′ə-gəs) adj.
an′thro·poph′a·gy (-jē) n.


(ˌæn θrəˈpɒf ə dʒi)

the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.
[1630–40; < Greek]
an`thro•po•phag′ic (-pəˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk) an`thro•po•phag′i•cal, an`thro•poph′a•gous (-ə gəs) adj.

anthropophagism, anthropophagy

the consumption of human flesh; cannibalism. — anthropophagous, adj.
See also: Cannibalism
the use of human flesh for food. — anthropophagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anthropophagy - human cannibalism; the eating of human flesh
cannibalism - the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind


[ˌænθrəʊˈpɒfədʒɪ] Nantropofagia f
References in classic literature ?
returned the Canadian, "I begin to understand the charms of anthropophagy.
The absence of violence and of cut-marking aimed at butchery also excludes dietary cannibalism (White 1992), if not the more esoteric forms of ritual anthropophagy.
18) Their thematic overlap includes forbidden and secret love, obscure familial motivation, violated class categories, bodily mutilation, and anthropophagy (literal, metaphorical, or metonymic); their lexical overlap plays on etyma such as dolore, piangere, triste, crudele, fiero, amore, and cuore.
In the video installation Funk Staden, 2007, a funk dance (choreographed as a pagan ritual) is juxtaposed with a reading of Hans Staden's 1557 account of his captivity among the Tupinamba people of Brazil, a pioneering work of ethnology that accentuates the issue of anthropophagy, a concept that has occupied a special place in Brazilian modernism ever since Oswald de Andrade issued his "Cannibal Manifesto" in 1928.
At the dance, the queen took the platter and gave it to her child because anthropophagy is not a Roman practice.
But as is evident from the contributions in this collection, the relationship between humans and food also includes anthropophagy (the eating of human flesh).
Anthropophagy was synonymous with savagery, violence, and paganism.
There are many evidences of anthropophagy in the history of mankind, from the ritual preparation and consumption of the brain mass of dead men in the Paleolithic age (2), to the recent erotic rituals of a discreet German citizen.
Arens, The Man-Eating Myth: Anthropology and Anthropophagy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979), assesses the evidence critically.
2) Derived from Oswald de Andrade's modernist enterprise and propagated more recently by the de Campos brothers, anthropophagy eschews resistance as an act of rejection for a resistance characterized by creative synthesis, not so much a reversal of power as a leveling of power.
Although rare, cases of anthropophagy occurred; individuals were seen eating human flesh.