animus definition

  • noun:
    • An attitude that informs an individual's activities; disposition.
    • A feeling of animosity; sick will. See Synonyms at enmity.
    • In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner character as contained in women.
    • The basic impulses and instincts which govern your activities.
    • A feeling of enmity, animosity or sick will.
    • The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.
    • Animating spirit; purpose; temperament.
    • purpose; function; character; mood; particularly, aggressive character or frustrated temperament; animosity: since, the animus with which a novel is created.
    • a sense of ill will stimulating active hostility

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