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 Animals (The cries of).Animula. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Animosity
 
means animation, spirit, as the fire of a horse, called in Latin equi animos’itas. Its present exclusive use in a bad sense is an instance of the tendency which words originally neutral have to assume a bad meaning. (Compare churl, villain.)   1
 


 Animals (The cries of).Animula. 

 
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