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ˈkæn ə bəˌlɪz əmcan·ni·bal·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cannibalismnoun

    the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind


  1. cannibalismnoun

    The act of eating another of one's own species.

    Etymology: Spanish: Canibalis: the name given by Christopher Columbus to the Caribs of Cuba and Haiti who allegedly ate human flesh.

  2. cannibalismnoun

    In speech, the occurrence of one word "eating" part or all of the next word, because the syllables ar the same. For example, "Look, an MIT shirt" for "Look, an MIT T-shirt".

    Etymology: Spanish: Canibalis: the name given by Christopher Columbus to the Caribs of Cuba and Haiti who allegedly ate human flesh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cannibalismnoun

    the act or practice of eating human flesh by mankind. Hence; Murderous cruelty; barbarity

    Etymology: [Cf. F. cannibalisme.]


  1. Cannibalism

    Cannibalism is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. It is also called anthropophagy. A person who practices cannibalism is called a cannibal. The expression "cannibalism" has been extended into zoology to mean one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food, including sexual cannibalism. Cannibalism was widespread in the past among humans in many parts of the world, continuing into the 19th century in some isolated South Pacific cultures, and to the present day in parts of tropical Africa. In a few cases in insular Melanesia, indigenous flesh-markets existed. Fiji was once known as the 'Cannibal Isles'. Cannibalism has been well documented around the world, from Fiji to the Amazon Basin to the Congo to Māori New Zealand. Neanderthals are believed to have practiced cannibalism, and Neanderthals may have been eaten by anatomically modern humans. Cannibalism has recently been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia and Congo. Today, the Korowai are one of very few tribes still believed to eat human flesh as a cultural practice. It is also still known to be practiced as a ritual and in war in various Melanesian tribes. Historically, allegations of cannibalism were used by the colonial powers to justify the subjugation of what were seen as primitive peoples; cannibalism has been said to test the bounds of cultural relativism as it challenges anthropologists "to define what is or is not beyond the pale of acceptable human behavior". Cannibalism is rare and is not illegal in most countries. People who eat human flesh are usually charged with crimes other than cannibalism, such as murder or desecration of a body.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cannibalism

    Eating other individuals of one's own species.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cannibalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cannibalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cannibalism in a Sentence

  1. The Natural:

    However, there is no indication on the skeletons that the humans had suffered violence, so it is likely that they died of natural causes, while the exact intent of the inhabitants' cannibalistic practices will never be certain, previous discoveries already suggested that it was not simply a matter of cannibalism for survival.

  2. Brothers Karamazov, Pt 1, Bk i, Ch 6:

    If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be permissible, even cannibalism.

  3. Donald Bensing:

    The only thing I have to say on Justin’s behalf is that any charges of cannibalism are not correct.

  4. Mutsuhiro Takeuchi:

    But there was absolutely no cannibalism, that is not our custom.

  5. Phillip Stella:

    When dealing with death and carnage it’s a shock to our conscience, as far as I know this is the first cannibalism charge in Idaho.

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