[ an-uh-muh ]
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  1. soul; life.

  2. (in the psychology of C. G. Jung)

    • the inner personality that is turned toward the unconscious of the individual (contrasted with persona).

    • the feminine principle, especially as present in men.: Compare animus (def. 3).

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Origin of anima

1920–25; <Latin: breath, vital force, soul, spirit

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British Dictionary definitions for anima


/ (ˈænɪmə) /

noun(in Jungian psychology)
    • the feminine principle as present in the male unconscious

    • the inner personality, which is in communication with the unconscious: See also animus

Origin of anima

Latin: air, breath, spirit, feminine of animus

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