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Animalism

an·i·mal·ism (n-m-lzm)
n.
1. Enjoyment of vigorous health and physical drives.
2. Indifference to all but the physical appetites.
3. The doctrine that humans are merely animals with no spiritual nature. ani·mal·ist n.
ani·mal·istic (-lstk) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

animalism [ˈænɪməˌlɪzəm]
n
1. satisfaction of or preoccupation with physical matters; sensuality 2. (Philosophy) the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature 3. a trait or mode of behaviour typical of animals
animalist n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

an•i•mal•ism (ˈæn ə məˌlɪz əm)

n.
preoccupation with or motivation by physical or carnal appetites rather than spiritual or intellectual forces. [1825–35]
an′i•mal•ist, n.
an`i•mal•is′tic, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. animalism
the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature; animality. — animalist, n. — animalistic, adj. See also: Mankind
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Thesaurus Legend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.animalism - the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school 2.animalism - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites physicality

disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition" Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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He sometimes talked in a way that astonished her at first and brought the crimson into her face; in a way that pleased her at last, appealing to the animalism that stirred impatiently within her. The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Chopin, Kate View in context They were both embarrassed and to relieve their embarrassment dropped into the animalism of youth. Winesberg, Ohio by Anderson, Sherwood View in context

But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough. The Island of Doctor Moreau by Wells, H.G. View in context
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