Definitions of soul

  1. a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s; " soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"
  2. deep feeling or emotion
  3. Sole.
  4. To afford suitable sustenance.
  5. The spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man; that part of man which enables him to think, and which renders him a subject of moral government; -- sometimes, in distinction from the higher nature, or spirit, of man, the so- called animal soul, that is, the seat of life, the sensitive affections and phantasy, exclusive of the voluntary and rational powers; -- sometimes, in distinction from the mind, the moral and emotional part of man's nature, the seat of feeling, in distinction from intellect; -- sometimes, the intellect only; the understanding; the seat of knowledge, as distinguished from feeling. In a more general sense, " an animating, separable, surviving entity, the vehicle of individual personal existence."
  6. The seat of real life or vitality; the source of action; the animating or essential part.
  7. The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart; as, the soul of an enterprise; an able general is the soul of his army.
  8. Energy; courage; spirit; fervor; affection, or any other noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature; inherent power or goodness.
  9. A human being; a person; -- a familiar appellation, usually with a qualifying epithet; as, poor soul.
  10. A pure or disembodied spirit.
  11. To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.
  12. The spiritual and immortal part in man; the essential part of a person's identity; that part of man's nature where feelings, ideals, and morals center; the necessary or central part of anything; as, the soul of art; a person who leads and inspires; as, the soul of the company; any trait which indicates a noble nature, such as courage; a person; as, not a soul was there.
  13. That part of man which thinks, feels, desires, etc.: the seat of life and intellect: life: essence: internal power: energy or grandeur of mind: a human being, a person.
  14. The spiritual part of man; life; essence; magnanimity; a person.
  15. The spiritual nature of man.
  16. The vital principle; essence or life of anything.
  17. Nobleness; generosity.
  18. The spiritual part of man, the seat of reason and conscience; the intellectual principle, or understanding; the vital principle; spirit; essence; life; internal power; a person; animal life; active power; courage; heart; a familiar compellation.
  19. The thinking, spiritual, and immortal being in man; that part of man which enables him to think and reason, and which distinguishes him from the brutes; heart; vital principle; essence or chief part; internal power; a living intellectual creature; spirit; energy or grandeur of mind; disposition or appetite; the inspirer of any action, or leader of an enterprise; used as a familiar appellation for a person, as a poor soul, a good soul.