animus

noun
an·i·mus | \ˈa-nə-məs \

Definition of animus 

1 : a usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will harbored an animus toward them … the sixties mentality, with its strong animus against what it defines as "elitism" …— Daniel J. Singal

2 : basic attitude or governing spirit : disposition, intention

3 : an inner masculine part of the female personality in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung — compare anima

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enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed. an unspoken enmity hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression. hostility between the two nations antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility. a natural antipathy for self-seekers antagonism between the brothers animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility. animosity that led to revenge rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong. rancor filled every line of his letters animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice. objections devoid of personal animus

Examples of animus in a Sentence

She felt an animus against them. feeling no animus toward those who had wronged her

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The epitome of deep-state animus toward President Trump, or a forceful spokesman against Republican efforts to undermine the Russia investigation? Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018 If there is evidence of official animus toward believers (or nonbelievers), that usually dooms the government’s defense. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "The Rule of Law Prevails in the Travel-Ban Case," 27 June 2018 In a 5-4 ruling that fell along the court’s conservative-liberal divide, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that Trump’s extensive record of anti-Muslim animus wasn’t enough to defeat the executive order that gave force to those views. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Bigotry," 26 June 2018 The day-long hearing, which featured far more heated accusations than new information, was a naked display of the animus and agitation in Washington that surrounds the ongoing [Russia investigation]. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Around the world and particularly in the United States, Twitter is used every day to infuse misogyny, racial and ethnic animus and conspiratorial thinking into mainstream news coverage. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Employee Uprisings Sweep Many Tech Companies. Not Twitter.," 4 July 2018 That said, Broussard’s animus against techno-chauvinists, automation, and artificial intelligence often takes her over the top. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "Meredith Broussard's 'Artificial Unintelligence': Against the fetish of the machine," 28 June 2018 Page and Strzok are not the only FBI officials assigned to the Clinton email probe who were found to have exchanged personal messages indicating either an animus against Trump or frustration with the fact that the FBI was investigating Clinton. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, "Inspector general blasts Comey, says others at FBI showed ‘willingness to take official action’ to hurt Trump," 14 June 2018 The friction between President Trump and Time Warner’s CNN led to speculation that the government's opposition was fueled by his animus toward the cable news network. Meg James, latimes.com, "Judge clears AT&T purchase of Time Warner, creating entertainment colossus," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of animus

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for animus

Latin, spirit, mind, courage, anger

Latin, mind, soul

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animus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of animus

: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred

animus

noun
an·i·mus | \ˈan-ə-məs \

Medical Definition of animus 

: an inner masculine part of the female personality in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung — compare anima sense 1

animus

noun
an·i·mus | \ˈa-nə-məs \

Legal Definition of animus 

: intent discriminatory animus — compare mens rea

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