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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: The delusion that one is a beast.
From Greek zoo- (animal) + -anthropy (human). Earliest documented use: 1856.
If you want to be more specific in your zoanthropy, here are some terms for what individual animal you believe yourself to be:
(philanthropy is NOT the delusional belief that one is named Phil.)
“Symptoms of zoanthropy typically range from one hour to several decades. The delusions are said to be more prevalent in rural and non-industrial areas.”
Daniel Boffey; Case of Belgian Woman Who Thought She Was a Chicken Linked to Depression; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 28, 2020.
See more usage examples of zoanthropy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. -Lord Chesterfield, statesman and writer (22 Sep 1694-1773)
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