anima

noun
an·​i·​ma | \ ˈa-nə-mə How to pronounce anima (audio) \

Definition of anima

: an individual's true inner self that in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects archetypal ideals of conduct also : an inner feminine part of the male personality — compare animus, persona

First Known Use of anima

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anima

New Latin, from Latin, soul

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18 May 2021

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“Anima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anima. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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anima

noun
an·​i·​ma | \ ˈan-ə-mə How to pronounce anima (audio) \

Medical Definition of anima

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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