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March 21, 2009 - animality

animality [ an-uh-mal-i-tee]

1. The state of being an animal; the characteristics or nature of an animal.
2. Animals considered as a group; the animal kingdom.
3. The physical (or animal) aspect of humans, as opposed to the spirit or intellect .

animal (Middle English, from Latin, animāle, neuter of animālis, living, from anima, soul) + -ity (a suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing state or condition, derived from Latin -itas)

The dog endures the same confinement as human city dwellers and yet remains capable of a joyful animality that human beings fear they have lost forever.
--A Critic at Large: Dog Days (The New Yorker)
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