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animality

[an-uh-mal-i-tee] /ˌæn əˈmæl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state of being an animal.
2.
the animal nature or instincts of human beings.
Origin of animality
1605-1615
1605-15; animal + -ity, modeled on carnality
Related forms
nonanimality, noun
superanimality, noun
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Examples from the Web for animality
Historical Examples
  • Humanity is (as Comte thought) a higher degree of animality.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • Add intellectuality to animality, and you merely get an intellectual animal.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • Should we not far rather imagine that in these masses there is a mixture of animality?

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • animality is every where, filling every thing and peopling every thing.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • "animality" is the starting-point; "humanity," its opposite, is the goal of development.

    Anarchism E. V. Zenker
  • The idea originated in a comparison between Humanity and animality.

    The Human Comedy Honore de Balzac
  • All my days had been passed in comparative ignorance of the animality of man.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • 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
  • Bakunin, therefore, distinguishes three elements in all life: animality; thought; and rising.

    Anarchism E. V. Zenker
  • The animality of average humanity made for hope rather than for despair, when one remembered from what it had developed.

British Dictionary definitions for animality

animality

/ˌænɪˈmælɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the animal side of man, as opposed to the intellectual or spiritual
2.
the fact of being or having the characteristics of an animal
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