from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Enjoyment of vigorous health and physical drives.
- n. Indifference to all but the physical appetites.
- n. The doctrine that humans are merely animals with no spiritual nature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The doctrine that humans are merely animals, and lack any spirituality
- n. The enjoyment of physical appetites
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state, activity, or enjoyment of animals; mere animal life without intellectual or moral qualities or objectives; preoccupation with sensual, physical, or carnal pleasures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of a mere animal; the state of being actuated by sensual appetites only, and not by intellectual or moral forces; sensuality.
- n. The exercise of animal faculties; animal activity.
- n. A mere animal; specifically, a human being dominated by animal qualities and passions.
- n. In physiology, same as animalculism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
- n. preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
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Its position will be recognized on the vertical line between the frontal and occipital, as it is not an element of energy and success, nor of debility, but simply an element of debasing animalism, which is not destitute of force.
This view is also sometimes called animalism (e.g.,
When we animals never drink only just enough to satisfy thirst, never eat except when we have genuine appetites, never indulge in any sort of debauch, and never strain excess till we sink into the slough of satiety, shall "animalism" be a word to designate all that men and women dare to do?
The two most destructive of these heresies — and the two most popular — are angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.
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.
In chaos and order, animalism and classical harmony, outer dysfunction and inner transcendence.
He asked me to consider those nonstop ads for Viagra, Levitra and Cialis, where smooth characters whisk their women off into the night with Astaire-like grace and Brando-like animalism.
Television critics and viewers across the country slam the performance for its "appalling lack of musicality," for its "vulgarity" and "animalism."
There's an undercurrent of synchronistic animalism amongst the Left!
He's a soldier, and an officer, and while military personnel need to be disciplined and proper, I personally believe there still needs to be at least a hint of animalism about them.