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anima

[ an-uh-muh ]
/ ˈæn ə mə /
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noun
soul; life.
(in the psychology of C. G. Jung)
  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.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

anima
/ (ˈænɪmə) /

noun (in Jungian psychology)
  1. the feminine principle as present in the male unconscious
  2. the inner personality, which is in communication with the unconsciousSee also animus

Word Origin for anima

Latin: air, breath, spirit, feminine of animus
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Medical definitions for anima

anima
[ ănə-mə ]

n.
The inner self of an individual; the soul.
In Jungian psychology, the unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality.
In Jungian psychology, the feminine inner personality as present in the unconscious of the male.
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