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the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.
Historical Examples

As a fact, anthropophagy is certainly a decadent thing, not a primitive one.
Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton

These ideas, therefore, also probably represent the origin of anthropophagy.
Elements of Folk Psychology Wilhelm Wundt

anthropophagy is much less general than is usually believed.
The Races of Man Joseph Deniker

On the other hand, Central Africa appears to be the chief seat of anthropophagy.
The Races of Man Joseph Deniker

(b.) Does its internal construction render it capable of anthropophagy?
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, November 5, 1892 Various

It is suspected that several were accounted for by anthropophagy.
The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin Francis Harper

anthropophagy is not at all a prevalent custom among primitive tribes, as is generally believed.
Elements of Folk Psychology Wilhelm Wundt

It is difficult to determine what religious ideas were connected with the almost universal practice of anthropophagy.
The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3 Hubert Howe Bancroft

He has had encounters with the fierce Figian; the savage New Caledonian; both addicted to the horrid habit of anthropophagy.
The Flag of Distress Mayne Reid

To eat a creature which had become the peer of man in blood-guiltiness and in judicial punishment, would savour of anthropophagy.
The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals Edmund P. Evans


“cannibalism,” 1630s, from French anthropophagie, from Greek anthropophagia “an eating of men,” from anthropophagos “man-eating; a man-eater,” from anthropo- + stem of phagein “to eat” (see -phagous). Related: Anthropophagic; anthropophagism.


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