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[an-uh-mal-i-tee] /ˌæn əˈmæl ɪ ti/
the state of being an animal.
the animal nature or instincts of human beings.
Origin of animality
1605-15; animal + -ity, modeled on carnality
Related forms
nonanimality, noun
superanimality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After the Phytozoa come the Protozoa, or first forms in which animality is distinctly recognised.

    Marvels of Pond-life Henry J. Slack
  • Humanity is (as Comte thought) a higher degree of animality.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • Priests and nuns were shocked by their animality and attempted to control their countrymen.

    The Haciendas of Mexico Paul Alexander Bartlett
  • "animality" is the starting-point; "humanity," its opposite, is the goal of development.

    Anarchism E. V. Zenker
  • So that as regards man degrees of animality can only be differentiated to a greater or less degree.

  • All my days had been passed in comparative ignorance of the animality of man.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • The idea originated in a comparison between Humanity and animality.

    The Human Comedy Honore de Balzac
  • I could not—I would not if I could—give you any idea of its animality; yes, that is the very word!

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • Some authorities have thought their animality proved by the high degree of contractility which their tissues evince.

    Marvels of Pond-life Henry J. Slack
  • Bakunin, therefore, distinguishes three elements in all life: animality; thought; and rising.

    Anarchism E. V. Zenker
British Dictionary definitions for animality


the animal side of man, as opposed to the intellectual or spiritual
the fact of being or having the characteristics of an animal
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