Definition of animality in English:


Syllabification: an·i·mal·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈmalitē


1Animal nature or character: a prehuman condition of animality
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  • It is in the nature of our animality - our sense organs and perceptual apparatus - that a true apprehension of flux, of living with the chaotic, is impossible.
  • The blurred surfaces it illuminates are those where nature, animality, and humanity converge in thought and world.
  • The rage that people feel against their own mortality and animality is often enacted toward them, whether by humiliation or, in addition, by physical violence.
1.1Physical, instinctive behavior or qualities: what attracted me to her was her animality
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  • It threatens subjectivity by collapsing meaning, reminding us of the subject's necessary relation to death, corporeality, animality and maternal materiality.
  • Clearly, de Blainville's language echoes through this passage framing the scientists' concerns about human animality and sexuality.
  • There is a tremendous emphasis on carnality, even animality, from the outset of play.


early 17th century: from French animalité, from animal (adjective), from Latin animalis 'animate, living' (see animal).

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