Anima Definition

The inner self of an individual; the soul.
American Heritage
Life principle; soul.
Webster's New World
In Jungian psychology, the feminine component of the unconscious of a man, specif. when apprehended as a female figure by the psyche.
Webster's New World
In Jungian psychology:
American Heritage Medicine

The soul or inner self of a person.


Origin of Anima

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin anə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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