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The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions
A feeling of enmity, animosity or ill will

The current row arose swiftly, sparked both by historical animus and jockeying over future power and place in Asia - and it surprised many observers in the depth of antipathy on both sides. — Christian Science Monitor, April 22, 2005.

The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality
The masculine side of a woman
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
The basic impulses and instincts which govern ones actions
{i} animosity; resentment; hostility; masculine part of the female personality (according to Jungian psychology)
If a person has an animus against someone, they have a strong feeling of dislike for them, even when there is no good reason for it. Your animus towards him suggests that you are the wrong man for the job. = animosity. a feeling of strong dislike or hatred = animosity, hostility hostility animus against/towards
Animating spirit; intention; temper



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    /ˈanəməs/ /ˈænɪməs/


    [ 'a-n&-m&s ] (noun.) 1816. From Latin animus (“the mind, in a great variety of meanings: the rational soul in man, intellect, consciousness, will, intention, courage, spirit, sensibility, feeling, passion, pride, vehemence, wrath, etc., the breath, life, soul”), closely related to anima, which is a feminine form; see anima.

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