Definitions for animusˈæn ə məs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•i•musˈæn ə məs(n.)

  1. strong dislike or enmity; animosity.

  2. purpose; intention; animating spirit.

  3. (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the masculine principle, esp. as present in women

    Category: Psychology

    Ref: (contrasted with anima 2 2 ).

Origin of animus:

1810–20; < L: mind, spirit, courage; akin to anima

Princeton's WordNet

  1. animosity, animus, bad blood(noun)

    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility


  1. animus(Noun)

    The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions.

  2. animus(Noun)

    A feeling of enmity, animosity or ill will.

  3. animus(Noun)

    The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.

  4. Origin: From animus, closely related to anima, which is a feminine form; see anima.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animus(noun)

    animating spirit; intention; temper

Anagrams of animus

  1. A minus


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