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Anima may refer to:

  • the Latin term for the "animating principle", see vital force
    • the Latin translation of Greek psyche
    • in Christian contexts, the soul
    • see also spirit
    • Anima and animus, expressions of the unconscious or true inner self of an individual in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology


From Latin anima (“a current of air, wind, air, breath, the vital principle, life, soul”), sometimes equivalent to animus (“mind”), both from Proto-Indo-European *ane- (“to breathe, blow”); see animus. Cognate with Ancient Greek άνεμος (ánemos, “wind”), Old English anda (“anger, envy, zeal”). More at onde.

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