- strong dislike or enmity; hostile attitude; animosity.
- purpose; intention; animating spirit.
- (in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the masculine principle, especially as present in women (contrasted with anima).
Origin of animus
Examples from the Web for animus
The depth of rage, animus and violence that was directed at him—“Spittle flying, the N word flying”—continues to astound him.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
Nevertheless, the anti-Thaksin animus redounds so powerfully to Yingluck that she faces more pressure after the election.Thai Election Not Likely To Resolve Protests
February 1, 2014
I have no animus for those who are touched by such heights of fame.Harry Belafonte: Black Artists Must Do More
September 2, 2012
Hence the animus of former candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry, candidate Ron Paul, and even Mitt Romney.The Fed’s Forthright Admission About Our Messy Economic Situation
June 21, 2012
In their meeting, Mao made explicit both his patience on Taiwan and animus against Moscow.Winston Lord and Leslie H. Gelb: Nixon’s China Opening, 40 Years Later
Winston Lord, Leslie H. Gelb
February 20, 2012
It indicated that the animus of which I am speaking is almost a commonplace.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
But fraud is hard to suppress when the animus of the perpetrator is wrong.The Tapestry Book
Helen Churchill Candee
Easter was too far away, and the animus of the school was for quiet study.Miss Ashton's New Pupil
Mrs. S. S. Robbins
I gather, that her animus is, in all honesty, directed at the—I quote—state of sin.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Austen did not smile; he could well understand his father's animus in this matter.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
- intense dislike; hatred; animosity
- motive, intention, or purpose
- (in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconsciousSee also anima
Word Origin and History for animus
1820, "temper" (usually in a hostile sense), from Latin animus "rational soul, mind, life, mental powers; courage, desire," related to anima "living being, soul, mind, disposition, passion, courage, anger, spirit, feeling," from PIE root *ane- "to blow, to breathe" (cf. Greek anemos "wind," Sanskrit aniti "breathes," Old Irish anal, Welsh anadl "breath," Old Irish animm "soul," Gothic uzanan "to exhale," Old Norse anda "to breathe," Old English eðian "to breathe," Old Church Slavonic vonja "smell, breath," Armenian anjn "soul"). It has no plural. As a term in Jungian psychology for the masculine component of a feminine personality, it dates from 1923.
- An animating or energizing spirit.
- Intention to do something; disposition.
- A spirit of active hostility; ill will.
- In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in the unconscious of the female.