anima

noun

an·​i·​ma ˈa-nə-mə How to pronounce anima (audio)
: an individual's true inner self that in the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung reflects archetypal ideals of conduct
also : an inner feminine part of the male personality compare animus, persona

Examples of anima in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Nexus Event of Loki catching feelings for his Jungian anima, he and Sylvie are brought before the creepy animatronic Time-Keepers for sentencing. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, soul

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anima was in 1923

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“Anima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anima. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

anima

noun
an·​i·​ma ˈan-ə-mə How to pronounce anima (audio)
1
: an individual's true inner self that in the analytical psychology of C. G. Jung reflects archetypal ideals of conduct
also : an inner feminine part of the male personality compare animus, persona
2
in old pharmacy
a
: the active ingredient of an animal or vegetable drug
b
: a dried plant juice or an aqueous extract

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