AskDefine | Define animus

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animus n : a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility [syn: animosity, bad blood]

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English

Etymology

From animus.

Noun

  1. The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions.
  2. A feeling of enmity, animosity or ill will.
    • "The current row arose swiftly, sparked both by historical animus and jockeying over future power and place in Asia - and it surprised many observers in the depth of antipathy on both sides." — Christian Science Monitor, April 22, 2005
  3. In the context of "Jungian|_|psychology": The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.

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Latin

Noun

  1. mind, soul
    Tibi bene ex animo volo.
    I wish you well with all my heart.
    • Seneca
      Animus se ipse alit.
      The mind nourishes itself.

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Law

  • In law, an intent to do harm to another

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