soul; life.
the inner personality that is turned toward the unconscious of the individual (contrasted with persona ).
the feminine principle, especially as present in men (contrasted with animus ).

1920–25; < Latin: breath, vital force, soul, spirit Unabridged
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anima (ˈænɪmə)
a.  the feminine principle as present in the male unconscious
 b.  See also animus the inner personality, which is in communication with the unconscious
[Latin: air, breath, spirit, feminine of animus]

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Word Origin & History

Jung's term for the inner part of the personality, or the fem. component of a masc. personality, 1923, from fem. of L. animus (q.v.).
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anima an·i·ma (ān'ə-mə)

  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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Example sentences
The persona can be controlled, but the anima often cannot.
These feminine focused areas, or the collective anima of our society, are losing ground now.
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