a person driven by animal appetites; sensualist.
an advocate of the theory of animalism.

Origin of animalist

First recorded in 1830–40; animal + -ist
Related formsan·i·mal·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for animalistic

Contemporary Examples of animalistic

Historical Examples of animalistic

  • The battle of the rational and spiritual to gain supremacy over the instinctive and animalistic is known to him.

  • Can you look for manliness, for self-respect, and self-control, or anything but animalistic sentimentality?

  • The earlier phases are crude and animalistic, and involve much resort to physical strife.

British Dictionary definitions for animalistic



of, relating to, or resembling an animal or animals; brutish
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Word Origin and History for animalistic

1877; see animal (n.) + -istic.

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