WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•i•mus /ˈænəməs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. strong dislike or enmity;
    animosity.
See -anima-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
an•i•mus  (anə məs),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. strong dislike or enmity;
    hostile attitude;
    animosity.
  2. purpose;
    intention;
    animating spirit.
  3. (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the masculine principle, esp. as present in women (contrasted with anima).
  • Latin: mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath; akin to anima
  • 1810–20


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

animus /ˈænɪməs/ n
  1. intense dislike; hatred; animosity
  2. motive, intention, or purpose
  3. (in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconscious
Etymology: 19th Century: from Latin: mind, spirit



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