Definition of animus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

animus

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈænɪməs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪməs//
 
 
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[uncountable, singular] animus (against somebody/something) (formal) a strong feeling of opposition, anger or hatred Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Latin, ‘spirit, mind’.
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