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  • 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.

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