cannibal

noun
can·​ni·​bal | \ ˈka-nə-bəl How to pronounce cannibal (audio) \

Definition of cannibal

: one that eats the flesh of its own kind

Examples of cannibal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most thought Tyson’s career was over, that he would be considered a pariah for the rest of his life for acting like a cannibal in the ring. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Mike Tyson’s comeback attempt has included rebuilding his reputation. That’s something new Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa can learn from.," 28 Nov. 2020 To call someone a molester and cannibal of children is to mark them for death, just as the persecuters of Jews did for centuries in Europe. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "You Say You Want a Revolution," 27 Oct. 2020 Enter the home — and twisted mind — of fictional serial killer Clyde Bailey, and learn through lots of screams what drove the madman to become a cannibal. Barbara Vandenburgh, The Arizona Republic, "Haunted houses in metro Phoenix for Halloween 2014," 13 Oct. 2014 But one of them is that the conference has been a raging cannibal in the last three seasons. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 football schedule only contenders and conspiracists will love," 27 Sep. 2020 The survivor, the youngest brother, vowed revenge and eventually beat the cannibal to death. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether cursing, joking or telling stories, Alaskans have always had a lot to say about our ‘state bird’: the mosquito," 6 July 2020 In the other version, a human cannibal killed and ate two of three Tlingit brothers. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether cursing, joking or telling stories, Alaskans have always had a lot to say about our ‘state bird’: the mosquito," 6 July 2020 Even if the fathers were removed, the world of The Last of Us, a survivalist mess of zombies and bandits, cannibals and militants, is one built to highlight the needs and conflicts of the father who was the primary focus of the original game. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Last of Us Part II Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow," 12 June 2020 QAnon adherents falsely believe Donald Trump is secretly running a military operation to rid the government of satanic, child-eating cannibals, and many QAnon followers believe those same people are responsible for the virus. NBC News, "Facebook ads, conspiracy theorists pushed bleach consumption and UV ray cures," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cannibal

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cannibal

New Latin Canibalis Carib, from Spanish Caníbal, from Taino Caniba, of Cariban origin; akin to Carib kariʔna Carib, person

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“Cannibal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannibal. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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cannibal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cannibal

: a person who eats the flesh of human beings or an animal that eats its own kind

cannibal

noun
can·​ni·​bal | \ ˈka-nə-bəl How to pronounce cannibal (audio) \

Kids Definition of cannibal

1 : a human being who eats human flesh
2 : an animal that eats other animals of its own kind

cannibal

noun
can·​ni·​bal | \ ˈkan-ə-bəl How to pronounce cannibal (audio) \

Medical Definition of cannibal

: one that eats the flesh of its own kind

Other Words from cannibal

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