what is anima?

an-i-ma  [an-uh-muh]

  1. The inner self of an individual; the soul; life.
  2. In Jungian psychology: The unconscious or true inner self of an individual, as opposed to the persona, or outer aspect of the personality. From the Latin anima “living being, soul, mind, disposition, passion, courage, anger, spirit, feeling,” from PIE base *ane- “to blow, to breathe”.

an-i-ma-te  [v. an-uh-meyt; adj. an-uh-mit]

  1. to give life to; make alive.
  2. to make lively, vivacious, vigorous; give zest or spirit.
  3. to fill with courage or boldness; encourage.
  4. to move or stir to action; motivate.
  5. to give motion to.
  6. to prepare or produce.


  1. alive; possessing life.
  2. lively.
  3. of or relating to animal life.
  4. able to move voluntarily.
  5. beings regarded as having perception and volition (opposed to inanimate)
  6. Latin: anim?tus filled with breath or air, quickened.


  1. vivify, quicken, vitalize
  2. energize, fortify. Animate, invigorate, stimulate mean
  3. to enliven. To animate is to create a liveliness. To invigorate means to give physical vigor, to refresh, to exhilarate. To stimulate is to arouse a latent liveliness on a particular occasion.
  4. inspire, inspirit, hearten, arouse, exhilarate.
  5. excite, incite, fire, urge, kindle, prompt.