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

an′i·mal·ist n.
an′i·mal·is′tic (-lĭs′tĭk) adj.


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
ˈanimalist n


(ˈæn ə məˌlɪz əm)

preoccupation with or motivation by physical or carnal appetites rather than spiritual or intellectual forces.
an′i•mal•ist, n.
an`i•mal•is′tic, adj.


the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature; animality. — animalist, n. — animalistic, adj.
See also: Mankind
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 appetitesanimalism - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"


A preoccupation with the body and satisfaction of its desires:
References in classic literature ?
They were both embarrassed and to relieve their embarrassment dropped into the animalism of youth.
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.
There was animalism in the soul, and the body had its moments of spirituality.
But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough.
Some might risk the odd paradox that with more animalism he would have been the nobler man.
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.
Frank, a schoolmate of the same age and racial background, relates an incident that is likely typical of Lou's high school experience as the cloud of Reverse Animalism slowly descended upon him: (10)
With the growing anticipation for the launch of Animalism, pre-order copies were offered through the website, which were snapped up over a month ago.
According to this book, it is a word that heralds the end of the human race, if men and women do not exercise intelligence over animalism.
Often targeted at the mythical "black beast rapist" who personified white fears of black hypersexual animalism, the orgy of violence established the social primacy of the white race and, as Joel Williamson contends, unified the white community (124).
9) Schoenbaum, for example, finds her to be a "ferocious" symbol of "sheer animalism.
This construction of black female bodies has been that of sexual licentiousness, natural immorality, disease, animalism, prostitution, and masculinity; the opposite of hegemonic, white, femininity (Collins 2005; Hammonds 1997; Jones and Shorter-Gooden 2003; St.