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animus (AN-uh-muhs) 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).]

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

"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.


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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