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animalism

[an-uh-muh-liz-uh m] /ˈæn ə məˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
preoccupation with or motivation by sensual, physical, or carnal appetites rather than moral, spiritual, or intellectual forces.
2.
the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; animal(ize) + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for animalism

animalism

/ˈænɪməˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
satisfaction of or preoccupation with physical matters; sensuality
2.
the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
3.
a trait or mode of behaviour typical of animals
Derived Forms
animalist, noun
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Word Origin and History for animalism
n.

"the doctrine that man is a mere animal," 1857, from animal + -ism. Earlier, "exercise of animal faculties; physical exercise" (1831).

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