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From Latin animus (the mind, in a great variety of meanings: the rational soul in man, intellect, consciousness, will, intention, courage, spirit, sensibility, feeling, passion, pride, vehemence, wrath, etc., the breath, life, soul), closely related to anima, which is a feminine form; see anima.


animastic (comparative more animastic, superlative most animastic)

  1. (rare) Pertaining to or possessing an animate nonphysical nature; having a mental or spiritual nature.
    • 1816, Thomas Taylor, "A Dissertation on the Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries," The Pamphleteer, vol. 8, no. 15, p. 66:
      But we employ fables in an animastic mode, when we contemplate the energies of the soul.
  2. Relating to mind or spirit; spiritual.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.