strong dislike or enmity; hostile attitude; animosity.
purpose; intention; animating spirit.
(in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the masculine principle, especially as present in women (contrasted with anima ).

1810–20; < Latin: mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath; akin to anima Unabridged
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animus (ˈænɪməs)
1.  intense dislike; hatred; animosity
2.  motive, intention, or purpose
3.  See also anima (in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconscious
[C19: from Latin: mind, spirit]

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1820, "temper" (usually in a hostile sense), from L. animus "soul, mind, courage, desire," related to anima "living being, soul, mind, disposition, passion, courage, anger, spirit, feeling," from PIE base *ane- "to blow, to breathe" (cf. Gk. anemos "wind," Skt. aniti "breathes," O.Ir. anal, Welsh anadl
"breath," O.Ir. animm "soul," Goth. uzanan "to exhale," O.N. anda "to breathe," O.E. eðian "to breathe," O.C.S. vonja "smell, breath," Arm. anjn "soul"). It has no plural. As a term in Jungian psychology for the masc. component of a fem. personality, it dates from 1923.
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animus an·i·mus (ān'ə-məs)

  1. An animating or energizing spirit.

  2. Intention to do something; disposition.

  3. A spirit of active hostility; ill will.

  4. In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in the unconscious of the female.

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Animus definition

["Constraint-Based Animation: The Implementation of Temporal Constraints in the Animus System", R. Duisberg, PhD Thesis U Washington 1986].

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Example sentences
In that sense they have switched positions, but the animus between them remains.
Or maybe there's another source of the animus against me.
So it does not seem fanciful-second moral-that some of the animus against him
  stems from a sort of snobbery.
Among other qualities the novel revealed a sharp-tongued wit, with plenty of
  animus directed at society's received ideas.
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