- The definition of animus is a feeling of hostility or ill will, or the motivation to do something.
- When you feel a really strong dislike for your roommate's boyfriend because he always leaves your apartment a big mess, this feeling you feel is an example of animus.
- When you go to the doctor and he tells you that you are in danger of getting diabetes if you don't lose weight and you then decide to go on a diet, the doctor's warning is an example of animus.
- an animating force or underlying purpose; intention
- in Jungian psychology, the masculine component of the unconscious of a woman, specif. when apprehended as a male figure by the psyche
- a feeling of strong ill will or hatred; animosity
Origin of animusClassical Latin soul, mind, disposition, passion, akin to anima: see animal
- A feeling of animosity; ill will. See Synonyms at enmity.
- An attitude that informs one's actions; disposition or intention.
- In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in women.
Origin of animusLatin; see an&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural animuses)
- A minus
From Latin animus (“the mind, in a great variety of meanings: the rational soul in man, intellect, consciousness, will, intention, courage, spirit, sensibility, feeling, passion, pride, vehemence, wrath, etc., the breath, life, soul”), closely related to anima, which is a feminine form; see anima.
animus - Legal Definition
- Purposefully; intentionally.
- Animosity; hostility; ill will; strong dislike; hate.
- The animating thought, intention, or purpose of an act.