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1Characteristic of animals, particularly in being physical and instinctive.‘these dogs are an extension of their owners' animalistic tendencies’
- ‘We have shunned so many natural, animalistic aspects of our lives.’
- ‘The animalistic nature of people tends to come out when they have the chance to seize what they believe is rightfully theirs.’
- ‘Typically, the sensual qualities of your work are more animalistic.’
- ‘The gargoyles have animalistic features, fangs and glowing red eyes, as well as horns on their bald heads.’
- ‘Most dancers don't have an animalistic sense of walking.’
- ‘She lashed out at me with almost an animalistic fury.’
- ‘He always thought it was funny how animalistic a person became in a fight.’
- ‘What if it's all just pure animalistic urges, with no feelings involved?’
- ‘A sudden rush of animalistic instincts flooded my very state of being.’
- ‘His books portray the animalistic, sensuous, physiological face of humankind.’
2Relating to or practising the religious worship of animals.‘images of animalistic ritual costumes spring to mind’
- ‘It did not matter whether they belonged to other faiths, including tribes who had their own animalistic religion.’
- ‘The ethic instilled by the native pagan-animalistic religions produced a fear of curses and killed any initiative.’
- ‘Boasts the doctor, "Animalistic worship is the foundation of pagan ideology."’
- ‘His father was a Native American dancer who would wear masks and worship animalistic totem symbols.’
- ‘The frog had a high place in the animalistic worship of the realm.’
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