an·​i·​mal·​ism ˈa-nə-mə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce animalism (audio)
animalistic adjective

Examples of animalism in a Sentence

without law and order, society would quickly devolve into a state of animalism
Recent Examples on the Web But what Cameron represents to Harper is unfettered animalism, and that’s part of what’s missing in her relationship with Ethan. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 12 Dec. 2022 The Seven Commandments (Revised) of Orwellian Animalism: This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. John Brownlee, WIRED, 15 Jan. 2007

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of animalism was in 1814

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“Animalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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