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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.


of, relating to, or resembling an animal or animals; brutish
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Adj.1.animalistic - of or pertaining to animalism
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These enlightened and learned opinions include a barbaric tongue, Ku-Klux Druids, native gibberish, an ugly language, as noisy as animals at the trough, English without the vowels, a murderous threat uttered by a man preparing to spit, inarticulate and guttural, animalistic and jerky, black-spit laden and harsh, and or the secret language of extremists; and those are just for starters.
Johnny can't resist a little naughty comedy even with his unusual animalistic look.
There's this flash of black light - a crazy whistle then when you get up again there's something raw, primal and animalistic about it that's addictive.
When Vatcher freaked out in animalistic movements, a fellow dancer brought him to a stop.
Martha Leebolt's Beauty combines elegance with dramatic interpretation while the Beast is a totally convincing animalistic and athletic Ashley Dixon.
As their tops come off, the band are greeted by an animalistic roar that only encourages the bare-chested WU LYF to fulfil their title of one of the best live bands to see this year.
When I first came over I was surprised the referees did not even blow for a foul when I was kicked in animalistic style.
FRAN Cosgrave may have emerged from the jungle unscathed but now he is to take on the altogether more animalistic task of a night on the pull in Liverpool.
This surface burlesque, however, cloaks Morris's great musical sensitivity and parodic flair, in which musical jokes of endless chaconnes and animalistic squawks of sound are sweetly echoed in a great swamp processional of amphibians with heads darting, cheeks puffing silently in and out, and bodies undulating as they sip from the water bowl of life.
The notion of sex as mechanistic--familiar from such Dada artists as Francis Picabia and Marcel Duchamp--is pointedly demystifying and antiromantic, but the notion of sex as animalistic, while subject to the same rhetoric of disenchantment, is more a topos of popular culture than of avant-garde art: it tends to be used to exoticize and romanticize.