Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Enjoyment of vigorous health and physical drives.
  • noun Indifference to all but the physical appetites.
  • noun The philosophical doctrine that humans are animals in their essential identity and are persons only through their contingent properties.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of a mere animal; the state of being actuated by sensual appetites only, and not by intellectual or moral forces; sensuality.
  • noun The exercise of animal faculties; animal activity.
  • noun A mere animal; specifically, a human being dominated by animal qualities and passions.
  • noun In physiology, same as animalculism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state, activity, or enjoyment of animals; mere animal life without intellectual or moral qualities or objectives; preoccupation with sensual, physical, or carnal pleasures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The doctrine that humans are merely animals, and lack any spirituality
  • noun The enjoyment of physical appetites

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
  • noun preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites

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Examples

  • Its position will be recognized on the vertical line between the frontal and occipital, as it is not an element of energy and success, nor of debility, but simply an element of debasing animalism, which is not destitute of force.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, December 1887 Volume 1, Number 11

  • This view is also sometimes called animalism (e.g.,

    Personal Identity and Ethics

  • When we animals never drink only just enough to satisfy thirst, never eat except when we have genuine appetites, never indulge in any sort of debauch, and never strain excess till we sink into the slough of satiety, shall "animalism" be a word to designate all that men and women dare to do?

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida Selected from the Works of Ouida

  • The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.

    Theology

  • The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.

    Saints

  • The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.

    Books

  • This man, good at heart but with a ferocious animalism close at the surface of his being, lying in jail and expectant of nothing less than death, was prevailed upon by the agents of the Iron Heel to throw the bomb in the House of Representatives.

    Chapter 17: The Scarlet Livery

  • The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.

    Ignatius Press

  • The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.

    The 12 most important things to know about angels

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