Synonyms for the word “werewolf”
Werewolves are not barbarians. But that’s not what the thesaurus says!
If you search through the online thesaurus, you might be surprised to discover that it has all kinds of interesting synonyms for the word werewolf. But I guarantee you that there are some on this list that not only are not interchangeable with the word “werewolf” but also that you should definitely not be calling a werewolf – unless you want to get on the werewolf’s bad side that is. 😉 Thankfully, more official thesauruses (like Merriam-Webster) do not have any synonyms listed for the word werewolf.
Synonyms for the word “werewolf” (according to the Thesaurus):
- abnormality – If you call a werewolf an abnormality, be sure you have your best pair of running shoes on!
- barbarian – Only uninformed humans would call a werewolf a barbarian.
- beast – Sometimes this term is used by humans to describe werewolves, in particular in movies and novels, as werewolves are often said to be humans who have a “beast” inside.
- behemoth – A behemoth is a creature of very large size, so I guess one could use it to describe a werewolf, though I have never heard it used that way before.
- brute – Sometimes this word is used in novels, however a werewolf might object to being called a brute.
- centaur – Definitely not a synonym for werewolf – a centaur is a creature from mythology that is part man, part horse.
- colossus – This means something gigantic or huge; it could be used as an adjective to describe a werewolf’s size
- demon – No. Werewolves are not demons.
- devil – Definitely no. Werewolves are far from being devils.
- dragon – Again, this is a completely different creature from a werewolf and cannot be used interchangeably.
- fiend – A fiend is someone that causes mischief; another definition for fiend would be someone that is a wicked person. Werewolves by and large are not wicked nor do they cause much mischief. But there is always the exception to the rule.
- Frankenstein – Again, this is a creature completely different than a werewolf.
- freak – Used only by the uneducated.
giant – Werewolves are not generally giants, but some can be rather large; this is by and large an innocuous remark.
- hellion – A hellion is someone who behaves badly. I imagine just as a human can be described as a hellion, so could a werewolf – but this would be a remark specific to an individual, not to the whole group.
- horror – Werewolves are not horrors, although they are often featured in horror movies. 😉
- leviathan – A leviathan is something very large and powerful – mostly used to describe a sea monster.
- lusus naturae – This is latin for Freak of Nature. Use at your own risk.
- mammoth – Not really an accurate term for a werewolf.
- miscreation – If you call a werewolf this, you are asking for it.
- monstrosity – Another very negative term that would be an inaccurate way to label a werewolf.
- mutant – Go ahead and call a werewolf a mutant, if you dare.
- ogre – An ogre is someone that is cruel, difficult, or frightening. This would be a term therefore that would not be used to describe all werewolves.
- phoenix – This is not a synonym for werewolf. A phoenix is a magical bird.
- savage – When werewolves play the villains in novels they are sometimes referred to as savages. This is not a term however which can or should be used to describe werewolves.
- titan – A titan is an extremely large and powerful person. While werewolves are large and powerful, this term is not really an accurate synonym for werewolf.
- villain – Anyone or anything can be a villain.
- whale – Werewolves can’t really be described as whales, they are not as overly large as the term “whale” would imply.