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Jan 21, 2005
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Miscellaneous words

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odium
presentism
repine
diriment
animus

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animus

Pronunciation

(AN-uh-muhs) noun

noun:
1. Hostility; ill will.
2. Purpose; disposition; governing spirit.
3. In Jungian psychology, the masculine part of a woman's personal unconscious.

[From Latin animus (spirit, mind).]

"The NDP rebels have no great personal animus toward McDonough. It is the weight of logic that is carrying them."
Lawrence Martin; Alexa's Turn: NDP Braces For Blood Bath; Halifax Daily News (Canada); Jun 8, 2001.

"First, writer Gavin McInnes reserves his only consistent animus for one category: sandaled men. Otherwise he is an equal-opportunity hater."
Doug Harvey; Materialistic Fetishism Reconsidered; LA Weekly; Dec 24-30, 2004.

See more usage examples of animus in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron. -Horace Mann, educational reformer (1796-1859)

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