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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 punisher enjoys his job, and his consumption of bodies verges into anthropophagy and sadistic abuses.
Cannibal Writes is much more about metaphors of food and consumption more generally, and while the argument can be made (as Githire does) that such metaphors proliferate in Caribbean and Indian Ocean women's writings because of the legacy of cannibalism, whether real or imagined, anthropophagy appears mainly as a bookend, not a substantive point of analysis throughout.
Mabrouk Mansouri, "Cynophagy, Homosexuality and Anthropophagy in Medieval Islamic North Africa as Signs of Hospitality," Journal of North African Studies, Volume 20, Number 20 (2015): 128, 133, 137-138, 140.
In a very strange way, following the paths of Mexican history, Paz has achieved with his book an act of literary anthropophagy.
In Mainsqueeze, we focus on the "losers" on the web, the post-genital sexuality of disguised bodies, autophagous machines self-destructing as though the feedback loop, dear to the first wave of cybernetics, has become a veritable anthropophagy (Georges Bataille).
In the case of Echidna, this collocation of anthropophagy and sexual agressivity is crystallized in her very physical description: she is half serpent--the animal crowning the head of the archetypal man-eater and her sibling, Medusa--and half nymph.
Specific topics include the migrating cannibal: anthropophagy at home and at the edge of the world, the Album Amicorum and the kaleidoscope of the self: notes on the friendship book of Jacob Kayblocq, between fiction and reality: the image body in the early modern theory of the symbol, nobody's Bruegel, and Jan van Hemessen's anatomy of parody.
Harry Stone investigates in his book The Night Side of Dickens: Cannibalism, Passion, Necessity (1994) the ways in which pre- and post-revolution French society sacrifices and swallows whole its victims in an act of symbolic anthropophagy.
Some researchers have postulated that in those later years, anthropophagy was a habitual practice on the island.
Even cultures reported as practicing anthropophagy do so in individual and meaningful ways and discussions of topics such as marital or sexual behaviours relay both fascination and disapproval without conveying possessiveness or superiority.
Humboldt's anxiety over the phenomenon of anthropophagy expresses itself in his repeated revisiting of this practice, for which he attempts to offer both etymological and cultural-historical definitions and explanations (see especially 5:420-30/2:500-5).