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How do you say LIFE in Latin? VITA or ANIMA?

by Ed

Latin Teacher,

I have been told that there are two Latin words for "life". One is "vita" and the other is "anima".

Is there a difference in the meaning of the two words?

Hi, Ed:

Life in Latin is vita. While the primary meaning of the Latin word anima is air, wind, or breeze, it also means breath, breath of life, or life. It also means soul.

So while the two words both can mean life, they are really quite different.

See a previous post for the difference between anima and animus.

Hope this helps and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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