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[an-uh-muh-liz-uh m] /ˈæn ə məˌlɪz əm/
preoccupation with or motivation by sensual, physical, or carnal appetites rather than moral, spiritual, or intellectual forces.
the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature.
Origin of animalism
First recorded in 1825-35; animal(ize) + -ism Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for animalism
Historical Examples
  • And it is touching and attractive because of the animalism of its frankness and simplicity.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • There was animalism in the soul, and the body had its moments of spirituality.

  • Instantly, animalism was aroused, the passions were inflamed.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • The lust of Gold had its devils, and they were not different from other types of animalism.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • All man needs is a true mirror in which his own animalism may see itself.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • This work is the glorification of animalism and indirectly a defamation of woman.

    Roman Women

    Alfred Brittain
  • There is animalism in the soul, and the body has its moments of spirituality.

  • Painting and tattooing of the body is a return to animalism.

    Maxims and Reflections Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • We are persistently taught that we are animals and nothing more,let us therefore not be ashamed of animalism.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • We realized that Earth must take care of her own, these poor devils who were being pushed back into animalism.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
British Dictionary definitions for animalism


satisfaction of or preoccupation with physical matters; sensuality
the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
a trait or mode of behaviour typical of animals
Derived Forms
animalist, noun
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Word Origin and History for animalism

"the doctrine that man is a mere animal," 1857, from animal + -ism. Earlier, "exercise of animal faculties; physical exercise" (1831).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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