cannibalism


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can·ni·bal

 (kăn′ə-bəl)
n.
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.

cannibalism

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

can•ni•bal•ism

(ˈkæn ə bəˌlɪz əm)

n.
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.
[1790–1800]
can`ni•bal•is′tic, adj.

Cannibalism


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
Translations
أَكْلُ لَحْمِ البَشَر
kanibalismus
kannibalisme
kannibalismi
kanibalizamljudožderstvo
emberevés
mannát
kanibalizm
kanibalizmus
yamyamlık

cannibalism

[ˈkænɪbəlɪzəm] Ncanibalismo m

cannibalism

[ˈkænɪbəlɪzəm] ncannibalisme m, anthropophagie f

cannibalism

n (of people)Kannibalismus m, → Menschenfresserei f

cannibalism

[ˈkænɪblɪzm] ncannibalismo

cannibal

(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 ?
The reader will ere long have reason to suspect that the Typees are not free from the guilt of cannibalism; and he will then, perhaps, charge me with admiring a people against whom so odious a crime is chargeable.
Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.
It may be at the cost of his skin, it may be by cannibalism! And this being so, can one help being tempted to rejoice that it has not yet come off, and that desire still depends on something we don't know?
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!
Whilst at New Zealand we did not hear of any recent acts of cannibalism; but Mr.
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--"
And with my head full of preconceived notions as to how a case of "cannibalism and suffering at sea" should be managed I said--"You were then so lucky in the drawing of lots?"