Definition of animus
- harbored an animus toward them
- … the sixties mentality, with its strong animus against what it defines as "elitism" …
- —Daniel J. Singal
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She felt an animus against them.
feeling no animus toward those who had wronged her
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First Known Use: 1795See Words from the same year
: a strong feeling of dislike or hatred
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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