Definition of animality in English:



mass noun
  • 1Animal nature or character.

    ‘a pre-human condition of animality’
    • ‘Because humans are aware that animals are mortal, being reminded of our animality provokes this paralyzing anxiety.’
    • ‘More generally, animality stands in for all that is repressed by culture, as exemplified by Albee's earlier animal play, The Zoo Story.’
    • ‘Animality is always the lack of a human quality.’
    • ‘The production, unlike those which have chosen to stress Caliban's deformity or animality, chose rather to emphasise his humanity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He quotes Heidegger saying (p17), "human analysis practically runs out of alternatives when it rejects mechanistic views of animality."’
    • ‘The blurred surfaces it illuminates are those where nature, animality, and humanity converge in thought and world.’
    • ‘While coming home from fishing one night, the narrator was suddenly overwhelmed by a sense of rank, primitive animality, a feeling of wildness.’
    • ‘Since the excess of animality and the accumulation and abundance of its stratas have their origin in food, drink and indulgence in carnal pleasures, a fast accomplishes what abundant food cannot.’
    1. 1.1 Physical, instinctive behaviour or qualities.
      ‘what attracted me to her was her animality’
      • ‘There is a tremendous emphasis on carnality, even animality, from the outset of play.’
      • ‘It threatens subjectivity by collapsing meaning, reminding us of the subject's necessary relation to death, corporeality, animality and maternal materiality.’
      • ‘In what may be a gesture of ironical respect to animals, however, the Speaker refrains from explaining human behaviour on the basis of its so-called animality.’
      • ‘Clearly, de Blainville's language echoes through this passage framing the scientists' concerns about human animality and sexuality.’
      • ‘They desperately try to contain the madness, bitterness and growing animality that are overtaking them by faithfully noting their physical co-ordinates and recording their days in journals and logs.’
      the body, the human body, human nature, man's physical nature, physicality, corporeality, carnality
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