Animus

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Animus

1. An animating or energizing spirit.

2. Intention to do something; disposition.

3. In psychiatry, a spirit of active hostility or grudge.

4. The ideal image toward which a person strives.

5. In jungian psychology, a male archetype in a woman.

Compare: anima.

Origin: L. Animus, breath, rational soul in man, will