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[an-uh-muh] /ˈæn ə mə/
soul; life.
  1. the inner personality that is turned toward the unconscious of the individual (contrasted with persona).
  2. the feminine principle, especially as present in men (contrasted with animus).
Origin of anima
1920-25; < Latin: breath, vital force, soul, spirit Unabridged
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  • Wordsworth was the fellow who hit upon the idea of the anima mundi.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • With that she left anima and closed and locked the door behind her.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • anima went back past the great dog and crossed the dark river.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • He was not a handsome man, but he deserved the name of "anima candida."

  • There was another thing that helped to save her—she was waiting for her anima gemella.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • The piercing “Requiem ternam” was heard, and then “anima ejus.”

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Here, anima Celtica still lives and breathes and hath her being.

  • "anima naturaliter Christiana" was the noble saying of Tertullian.

    Constantinople William Holden Hutton
  • Yes, the mind which is the anima mundi, the principle, of all things.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
British Dictionary definitions for anima


noun (in Jungian psychology)
  1. the feminine principle as present in the male unconscious
  2. the inner personality, which is in communication with the unconscious See also animus
Word Origin
Latin: air, breath, spirit, feminine of animus
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Word Origin and History for anima

Jung's term for the inner part of the personality, or the female component of a masculine personality, 1923, from fem. of Latin animus "the rational soul; life; the mental powers, intelligence" (see animus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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anima in Medicine

anima an·i·ma (ān'ə-mə)

  1. The inner self of an individual; the soul.

  2. In Jungian psychology, the unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.

  3. In Jungian psychology, the feminine inner personality as present in the unconscious of the male.

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