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anima

[an-uh-muh] /ˈæn ə mə/
noun
1.
soul; life.
2.
  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).
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Latin: breath, vital force, soul, spirit
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for anima

anima

/ˈænɪmə/
noun (in Jungian psychology)
1.
  1. the feminine principle as present in the male unconscious
  2. the inner personality, which is in communication with the unconscious See also animus
Word Origin
Latin: air, breath, spirit, feminine of animus
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Word Origin and History for anima
n.

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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anima in Medicine

anima an·i·ma (ān'ə-mə)
n.

  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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