Definition of anima in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanəmə/


1Jung’s term for the feminine part of a man’s personality. Often contrasted with animus (sense 3).
Example sentences
  • Jung developed his theory of the personal animus and anima - male and female aspects of the psyche.
  • Our conventional wisdom says a man who kills an anima figure is surely doomed.
  • Although attempts have been made to portray the closing soliloquy of Molly Bloom as the secret life of Nora Barnacle, it is really a coda to the completed book, and in most respects a glimpse into the anima of James Joyce.
1.1The part of the psyche that is directed inward, and is in touch with the subconscious. Often contrasted with persona.
Example sentences
  • Jyeshta has no worshippers in the world because the world worships only persona or appearance and glamour - and not anima or inner soul.
  • The anima imprints the persona. As such, over time, examination of the persona may allow insight into the anima.
  • Jung called the persona the "outward face" of the psyche because it is that face which the world sees. The "inward face" he called the anima in males and the animus in females.


1920s: from Latin, literally 'mind, soul'.

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Syllabification: an·i·ma

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