animalist

[an-uh-muh-list]
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Origin of animalist

First recorded in 1830–40; animal + -ist
Related formsan·i·mal·is·tic, adjective
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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

animalistic

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

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

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