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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. 2018.
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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


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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