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  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Jun
05
2013

animus

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animus

ae nə məs

noun

1. motivating force; intention.
example: The principal animus for a harmonious polity, I think, is religious.

2. a feeling or attitude of enmity.
example: The animus between the two lead actors interfered with filming.

3. In Jungian psychology, the archetypal masculine element in a woman’s psyche.
example: Jung wrote, “A woman possessed by the animus is always in danger of losing her femininity.”

Animus conquers all.

Animus conquers all.

Magritte's The Lovers IV

Magritte’s The Lovers IV