an·​i·​mal·​ist | \ -ə̇st\
plural -s

Definition of animalist

1a : one that follows animalism (see animalism sense 1b) as a mode of living : sensualist
b : one that accepts the theory of animalism
2 : a painter, sculptor, or writer that deals with animal subjects — compare animalier

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First Known Use of animalist

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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