[ an-uh-muh s ]
/ ˈæn ə məs /


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).

Origin of animus

1810–20; < Latin: mind, spirit, courage, passion, wrath; akin to anima Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for animus

/ (ˈænɪməs) /


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

[ ănə-məs ]


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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