Animus meaning

ănə-məs
A feeling of animosity; ill will.
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An attitude that informs one's actions; disposition or intention.
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In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in women.
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An animating force or underlying purpose; intention.
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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.

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The animating thought, intention, or purpose of an act.
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The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions.
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In Jungian psychology, the masculine component of the unconscious of a woman, specif. when apprehended as a male figure by the psyche.
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A feeling of strong ill will or hatred; animosity.
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In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in women.
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Purposefully; intentionally.
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Animosity; hostility; ill will; strong dislike; hate.
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A feeling of enmity, animosity or ill will.
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(Jungian psychology) The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.
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Origin of animus

  • Latin anə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary