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[an-uh-muh s] /ˈæn ə məs/
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).
Origin of animus
1810-20; < Latin: mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath; akin to anima Unabridged
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Examples from the web for animus
  • 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.
  • Another interesting strain of argument has emerged for animus toward the rich.
  • Under all political language the substance is raw prejudice or animus.
  • From the south the living soul, the animus of good and bad, haughtily admitting no demonstration but its own.
  • Even if you are extremely careful and collegial, problems can fester, and in some cases nothing you can do will ease the animus.
  • What begins with affection or fascination turns into animus.
  • It seemed clear that any animus between them at the time of their divorce had ceased.
British Dictionary definitions for animus


intense dislike; hatred; animosity
motive, intention, or purpose
(in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconscious See also anima
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: mind, spirit
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Word Origin and History for animus

1820, "temper" (usually in a hostile sense), from Latin animus "rational soul, mind, life, mental powers; courage, desire," related to anima "living being, soul, mind, disposition, passion, courage, anger, spirit, feeling," from PIE root *ane- "to blow, to breathe" (cf. Greek anemos "wind," Sanskrit aniti "breathes," Old Irish anal, Welsh anadl "breath," Old Irish animm "soul," Gothic uzanan "to exhale," Old Norse anda "to breathe," Old English eðian "to breathe," Old Church Slavonic vonja "smell, breath," Armenian anjn "soul"). It has no plural. As a term in Jungian psychology for the masculine component of a feminine personality, it dates from 1923.

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animus in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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animus in Technology

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

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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