an·​i·​mal·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈma-lə-tē How to pronounce animality (audio) \

Definition of animality

1 : a quality or nature associated with animals:
b : a natural unrestrained unreasoned response to physical drives or stimuli
2 : the animal nature of human beings

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Examples of animality in a Sentence

in his portrayal the actor emphasizes the working-class hunk's fundamental animality
Recent Examples on the Web And Hrabal knows better than anyone that our animality is what makes us human. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, "The Violent Insights of Bohumil Hrabal," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of animality

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Nov 2019

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“Animality.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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