- the vital spirit; the soul.
- Theology. the Spirit of God; the Holy Ghost.
Origin of pneuma
Examples from the Web for pneuma
This pneuma was equivalent to both soul and life, but it was something more.
Another necessity for the support of life is the pneuma which circulates in the vessels.
The pneuma, or spirit, was in their opinion the cause of health and of disease.Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine
James Sands Elliott
Apparently Galen refers to the pneuma and the various humours.
Apparently the common Greek materialistic use of "pneuma" to indicate "breath" or "wind" or the like is here followed.The Origin of Paul's Religion
J. Gresham Machen
- philosophy a person's vital spirit, soul, or creative energyCompare psyche
Word Origin and History for pneuma
used in English in various sense, from Greek pneuma "a blowing, a wind, blast; breeze; influence; breathed air, breath; odor, scent; spirit of a person; inspiration, a spirit, ghost," from pnein "to blow, to breathe," from PIE root *pneu- "to breathe," of imitative origin (cf. Greek pnoe "breath," pnoia "breathing;" Old English fnora "sneezing," fnæran "to snort").