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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.


1. the act of eating human flesh or the flesh of one's own kind
2. savage and inhuman cruelty
ˌcannibalˈistic adj
ˌcannibalˈistically adv


(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.


the consumption of human flesh; cannibalism. — androphagous, adj.
the consumption of human flesh; cannibalism. — anthropophagous, adj.
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
أَكْلُ لَحْمِ البَشَر


[ˈkænɪbəlɪzəm] Ncanibalismo m


[ˈkænɪbəlɪzəm] ncannibalisme m, anthropophagie f


n (of people)Kannibalismus m, → Menschenfresserei f


[ˈkænɪblɪzm] ncannibalismo


(ˈkӕnibəl) noun
1. a person who eats human flesh.
2. an animal etc which eats others of its own species.
ˈcannibalism noun
ˌcannibaˈlistic adjective
References in classic literature ?
But here, Truth, who loves to be centrally located, is again found between the two extremes; for cannibalism to a certain moderate extent is practised among several of the primitive tribes in the Pacific, but it is upon the bodies of slain enemies alone, and horrible and fearful as the custom is, immeasurably as it is to be abhorred and condemned, still I assert that those who indulge in it are in other respects humane and virtuous.
Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.
The balloon rose as it expanded; the howlings of the brutal horde, in the delirium of their orgy, pursued them for a few minutes; but, at length, borne away toward the south, they were carried out of sight and hearing of this horrible spectacle of cannibalism.
I never saw a nicer or more merry group; and to think that this was in the centre of the land of cannibalism, murder, and all atrocious crimes
It could have been as revolting to him as is cannibalism to us.
He drew up lists of the most incongruous things and was unhappy until he succeeded in establishing kinship between them all - kinship between love, poetry, earthquake, fire, rattlesnakes, rainbows, precious gems, monstrosities, sunsets, the roaring of lions, illuminating gas, cannibalism, beauty, murder, lovers, fulcrums, and tobacco.
We haven't been able to prove cannibalism against that tribe in the courts; but when a Sheshaheli offers you four pounds of woman's breast, tattoo marks and all, skewered up in a plantain leaf before breakfast, you--"
Vholes and his relations being minor cannibal chiefs and it being proposed to abolish cannibalism, indignant champions were to put the case thus: Make man-eating unlawful, and you starve the Vholeses!
We are told by historians that widespread famines occurred in those days every two or three years, and such was the condition of things that men actually had recourse to cannibalism, in secret, of course.
Horses, dogs, cats, rats, blackberries, mushrooms, and cannibalism only postpone--"
The pictures justified a study which stated that approximately six to seven percent of baby alligators are victims of cannibalism.
Documented evidence of flesh eating was (and is) difficult to produce; Bernal Diaz's tale of the "fat cacique's" territory mentions blood sacrifices but not cannibalism.