- The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions.
- 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
- In the context of "Jungian|_|psychology": The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.
Animus may stand for:
- Animus, a Greek music band
- Animus, an American music group
- "Animus", a track on the album Music of the Spheres by Mike Oldfield.
- In the Dungeons and Dragons World of Greyhawk campaign setting, an Animus is a human that was transformed into a powerful undead creature.
- The Animus, a device in the video game Assassin's Creed which allows the retrieval of genetic memory, making the user able to relive events in the past through the perspective of their ancestors.
- In law, an intent to do harm to another
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