Part of speech: noun

The animating thought; spirit; intention; temper.

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Usage examples "animus":

  1. In a long experience he had never seen animus against a witness so recklessly exhibited as by counsel in this case. - "You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter", Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009.
  2. I am not aware of my animus until I catch, as yesterday, a courteous ear; then the unholy fire flames forth at such a rate as to leave me no doubt on reflection where it was originally lighted. - "Notes of a Son and Brother", Henry James.
  3. The animus furandi must, in this case, depend on something else than presumption. - "Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York", A. F. Warburton.