animalism

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animalism

the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
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This man, good at heart but with a ferocious animalism close at the surface of his being, lying in jail and expectant of nothing less than death, was prevailed upon by the agents of the Iron Heel to throw the bomb in the House of Representatives.
Some might risk the odd paradox that with more animalism he would have been the nobler man.
There was animalism in the soul, and the body had its moments of spirituality.