[ noo-muh, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu mə, ˈnyu- /


the vital spirit; the soul.
Theology. the Spirit of God; the Holy Ghost.

Origin of pneuma

1875–80; < Greek pneûma literally, breath, wind, akin to pneîn to blow, breathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pneuma


/ (ˈnjuːmə) /


philosophy a person's vital spirit, soul, or creative energyCompare psyche

Word Origin for pneuma

C19: from Greek: breath, spirit, wind; related to pnein to blow, breathe
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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").

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