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1. A person who eats the flesh of other humans.
2. An animal that feeds on others of its own kind.

[From Spanish Caníbalis, name (as recorded by Christopher Columbus) of the allegedly cannibalistic Caribs of Cuba and Haiti, from earlier Carib karibna, person, Carib.]

can′ni·bal·ism n.
can′ni·bal·is′tic adj.
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1. the act of eating human flesh or the flesh of one's own kind
2. savage and inhuman cruelty
ˌcannibalˈistic adj
ˌcannibalˈistically adv
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(ˈkæn ə bəˌlɪz əm)

1. the eating of human flesh by another human being, esp. for magical or religious purposes, as to acquire the power of a person recently killed.
2. the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of its own kind.
3. the removal of elements from one thing for use in another.
can`ni•bal•is′tic, adj.
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the consumption of human flesh; cannibalism. — androphagous, adj.
the consumption of human flesh; cannibalism. — anthropophagous, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cannibalism - the practice of eating the flesh of your own kindcannibalism - the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
anthropophagy - human cannibalism; the eating of human flesh
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[ˈkænɪbəlɪzəm] Ncanibalismo m
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[ˈkænɪbəlɪzəm] ncannibalisme m, anthropophagie f
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n (of people)Kannibalismus m, → Menschenfresserei f
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[ˈkænɪblɪzm] ncannibalismo
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(ˈkӕnibəl) noun
1. a person who eats human flesh.
2. an animal etc which eats others of its own species.
ˈcannibalism noun
ˌcannibaˈlistic adjective
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He said, "The viewers must decide if giving television time to 'photographs' of supposed cannibalism in China, a child being eaten by a man, can do the human psyche any good.
It explodes the myth of a benevolent government ruling over a civilized nation, and while it is but the latest in a long tradition of literature dealing with cannibalism in China, it views the aberrant behavior as an extreme example of China's vaunted gourmandise in the context of a racy parade of sexual misconduct.
(4) Key Ray Chong, Cannibalism in China, Wakefield (N.Y.), Longwood Academic, 1990, p.