- life principle; soul
- in Jungian psychology, the feminine component of the unconscious of a man, specif. when apprehended as a female figure by the psyche
Origin of animaClassical Latin
- The inner self of an individual; the soul.
- In Jungian psychology:a. The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.b. The feminine inner personality, as present in the unconscious of the male. It is in contrast to the animus, which represents masculine characteristics.
Origin of animaLatin; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin anima (“a current of air, wind, air, breath, the vital principle, life, soul”), sometimes equivalent to animus (“mind”), both from Proto-Indo-European *ane- (“to breathe, blow”); see animus. Cognate with Ancient Greek άνεμος (ánemos, “wind”), Old English anda (“anger, envy, zeal”). More at onde.