from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The characteristics or nature of an animal.
  • n. Animals considered as a group; the animal kingdom.
  • n. The animal instincts of humans as distinct from their spiritual nature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The nature of an animal
  • n. The animal kingdom
  • n. Any characteristic of animality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Animal existence or nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being an animal; animal existence or nature in man; the animal as opposed to the spiritual side of human nature.
  • n. In physiology, the aggregate of those vital phenomena which characterize animals. See vegetality.

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

  • n. the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect


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  • In a world that can sometimes be disgusting, we evolved an upper tier of emotional longing -- the aspiration for purity -- to keep us balanced in this satyricon of carnal delights where animality beckons and frequently wins.

    Mark Matousek: Why We Don't Need God to Be Good (and What Religious Folk Don't Want You to Know)

  • Scientists, philosophers and quite a few toilers in the humanities believe—and would have the rest of us believe—that nothing fundamental separates humanity from animality.

    Rethinking Thinking

  • All my days had been passed in comparative ignorance of the animality of man.

    Chapter 12

  • It's sexy and dark, with a lingering floral overtone and a subtle animality that will undoubtedly prompt people to ask "Mmm, what are you wearing?"

    All I Want for Christmas...

  • She was not frightened, but appalled, rather, at the human animality of it.

    Chapter 25

  • Other artists can do the muscles and monsters but none capture the physical presence and brute animality of Howard's characters the way Frazetta does.

    MIND MELD: The Most Memorable SF/F Book Covers

  • The God, one supposes, didn't "become flesh" in order to extricate our human persons from our bodies, but to infuse (maybe to re-infuse) our mere animality with life-bearing spirit.

    Scott Cairns: Art and the Meaning of Creation

  • Le Pont de l'Arc-en-ciel = The Rainbow Bridge (fictional place over which animals go after death); le petit animal à moustaches = the little whiskered animal (the cat); l'animalité (f) = animality; le partage (m) = sharing.

    guetter - French Word-A-Day

  • I believe that these two chapters will or should become a standard secondary source for all those who want to question and understand Heidegger's analytic of animality and its relation to Dasein.


  • It becomes quite clear that Heidegger's interest in animality is less to determine its essential being, which he always seems to leave in suspense, but rather in the notion of "world," so that he might clarify the fundamental existential structure of Dasein as "being-in-the-world" through a comparative study.

    Archive 2009-06-01


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