animus

[ an-uh-muh s ]
/ ˈæn ə məs /

noun

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).

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Origin of animus

1810–20; < Latin: mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath; akin to anima
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British Dictionary definitions for animus

animus

/ (ˈænɪməs) /

noun

intense dislike; hatred; animosity
motive, intention, or purpose
(in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconsciousSee also anima

Word Origin for animus

C19: from Latin: mind, spirit
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Word Origin and History for animus

animus


n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for animus

animus

[ ănə-məs ]

n.

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.
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