1. A feeling of animosity; ill will. See Synonyms at enmity.
2. An attitude that informs one's actions; disposition or intention.
3. In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in the unconscious of the female. It is in contrast to the anima, which represents feminine characteristics.
4. Archaic The rational soul; the mind.
[Latin; see anə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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