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animus

[ an-uh-muhs ]
/ ˈæn ə məs /
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noun
strong dislike or enmity; hostile attitude; animosity.
motivating purpose or intention; animating spirit.
(in the psychology of C. G. Jung) the masculine principle, especially as present in women.Compare anima (def. 2b).

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Origin of animus

First recorded in 1810–20; from Latin: literally, “mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath”; akin to Greek ánemos “wind”; see also 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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Medical 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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