[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for animalism


/ (ˈænɪməˌlɪzəm) /


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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