the masculine side of a female personality. The opposite of anima

Bozon is also right here, that's the Jungian sense of the word.

Animus n. (from Latin: spirit, mind, courage, anger)

  1. basic overall attitude or governing spirit, temperament
  2. a usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will (like animosity)

I was attracted by his wit but repelled by his animus.

An"i*mus (#), n.; pl. Animi (#). [L., mind.]

Animating spirit; intention; temper.

nimus furandi [L.] Law, intention of stealing.


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