Lycanthrope is the fancy and much more romantic way of saying werewolf and it derives from the Greek words lykos (wolf) and anthrōpos (man). Lycanthropes have long been staples in mythology and folklore, which makes sense, since the idea of a lycanthrope, or wolf man, taps into a very primal sense of instinct and horror of losing that human idea of control. A lycanthrope is a threat, something to fear and recoil at, yet we greedily and eagerly listen to the stories and thrill at the scare of it.
Speaking of lycanthropes, it’s the season of spooks and all things scary so check out these spooktacular and moody words for even more logophile thrills ~ Crepuscular, Eldritch, Macabre, Morbs, Discombobulate, and Thanatopsis.
Namaste ~ Ella
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