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  1. soul; life.
  2. (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 (contrasted with animus).
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Origin of anima

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

  • Those cow-thieves of the Animas were good shots; the range was brief.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • The clock struck nine, they recited the "animas," and soon afterward separated.

  • Animas Valley, which we were now visiting, was one of the ranges under his control.

    Saddle and Mocassin

    Francis Francis Jr.

  • Sed signifer Sanctus Michael representet eas (animas) in lucem sanctam.

  • A few such ruined dwelling sites are known along the Animas River south of Durango.

British Dictionary definitions for animas


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
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Word Origin

Latin: air, breath, spirit, feminine of animus
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Word Origin and History for animas



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).

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animas in Medicine


  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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