animus

noun
an·​i·​mus | \ ˈa-nə-məs How to pronounce animus (audio) \

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 suit — along with a second one brought by the Department of Justice — accused the New Jersey township of caving to anti-Muslim animus in the community and discriminating against the society in denying its years-long bid to build a mosque. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "'We're going to stand up for ourselves': Why this lawyer sued two towns that denied mosques," 12 Mar. 2018 That man, Dylann Roof, was motivated by a deep racial animus – something Bowers appears to share with him. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Powerful humanity of Jewish hospital staff that treated Robert Bowers," 30 Oct. 2018 However, there are elements to these kinds of movements beyond simple racial animus, anxiety, or resentment. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Study: 24 million white Americans think like the alt-right," 10 Aug. 2018 Kavanaugh showed no animus personally toward Christine Ford. Fox News, "Brit Hume on fallout from Kavanaugh hearing; Alan Dershowitz on Rachel Mitchell's performance," 28 Sep. 2018 The majority said that doing so violated the principle that neutral laws — in this case, anti-discrimination laws — cannot be applied with animus toward religion. John Sides, Washington Post, "Still trying to understand the wedding cake case? Here are your answers.," 6 June 2018 Tracking polls in last week's special House election near Pittsburgh revealed Trump animus motivated far more voters to overcome the district's long-term GOP tilt and narrowly elect a Democrat. Andrew Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, "Both political parties are more dysfunctional than Trump White House," 21 Mar. 2018 Federal officials would not comment directly on the suspect’s motive, and whether he was inspired by political animus toward his targets. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Pipe bomb suspect charged: what we know," 26 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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animus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of animus

formal : a strong feeling of dislike or hatred

animus

noun
an·​i·​mus | \ ˈan-ə-məs How to pronounce animus (audio) \

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 How to pronounce animus (audio) \

Legal Definition of animus

: intent discriminatory animus — compare mens rea

History and Etymology for animus

Latin, mind, soul

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