from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An attitude that informs one's actions; disposition.
- n. A feeling of animosity; ill will. See Synonyms at enmity.
- n. In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in women.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions.
- n. A feeling of enmity, animosity or ill will.
- n. The masculine aspect of the feminine psyche or personality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Animating spirit; intention; temper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Intention; purpose; spirit; temper; especially, hostile spirit or angry temper; animosity: as, the animus with which a book is written.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
Latin; see anə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin animus ("the mind, in a great variety of meanings: the rational soul in man, intellect, consciousness, will, intention, courage, spirit, sensibility, feeling, passion, pride, vehemence, wrath, etc., the breath, life, soul"), closely related to anima, which is a feminine form; see anima. (Wiktionary)