- n the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
- n preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
- Poet Heyward's province is South CarolinaNegro life along the waterfront of old Charleston, with the atavistic rhythms, religion and animalism firmly rendered, the dialect .
- Yet "frank animalism" was lacking.
- Sam Peckinpah's harrowing portrait of heroism turned to animalism as a shy mathematician (Dustin Hoffman) fights off thugs besieging his house.
- Martin Luther King in National Review Online
Instead of assured progress in wisdom and decency,King wrote, "man faces the ever present possibility of swift relapse not merely to animalism but into such calculated cruelty as no other animal can practice."