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:
a : vitality
b : a natural unrestrained unreasoned response to physical drives or stimuli
2 : the animal nature of human beings

Examples of animality in a Sentence

in his portrayal the actor emphasizes the working-class hunk's fundamental animality
Recent Examples on the Web It’s the thought of not being able to keep alive her two pets, whose fragile animality animates the stakes from the outset. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 Linking women with animality and monstrosity is common in pop culture, and there are a number of female werewolf precedents., 16 July 2021 The latter fragrance, in a smooth-contoured bottle, was a blend of pure musk and animality, primal as the fossilized DNA of our species preserved in amber. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Orientals were once celebrated for harnessing a kind of raw, sensuous animality. New York Times, 10 May 2021 And Hrabal knows better than anyone that our animality is what makes us human. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of animality

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Animality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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