Definitions of spirit

  1. any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible ( or audible) to human beings
  2. the state of a person's emotions ( especially with regard to pleasure or dejection); " his emotional state depended on her opinion"; " he was in good spirits"; " his spirit rose"
  3. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; " the feel of the city excited him"; " a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; " it had the smell of treason"
  4. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind; " he had a change of heart"
  5. infuse with spirit; " The company spirited him up"
  6. the intended meaning of a communication
  7. animation and energy in action or expression; " it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
  8. a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
  9. the vital principle or animating force within living things
  10. Alcoholic liquors.
  11. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself.
  12. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing.
  13. Life, or living substance, considered independently of corporeal existence; an intelligence conceived of apart from any physical organization or embodiment; vital essence, force, or energy, as distinct from matter.
  14. The intelligent, immaterial and immortal part of man; the soul, in distinction from the body in which it resides; the agent or subject of vital and spiritual functions, whether spiritual or material.
  15. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body.
  16. Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an elf.
  17. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc.
  18. One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper; as, a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit.
  19. Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or disposition; intellectual or moral state; -- often in the plural; as, to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be downhearted, or in bad spirits.
  20. Intent; real meaning; -- opposed to the letter, or to formal statement; also, characteristic quality, especially such as is derived from the individual genius or the personal character; as, the spirit of an enterprise, of a document, or the like.
  21. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities.
  22. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine ( it having been first distilled from wine): -- often in the plural.
  23. Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors.
  24. A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture.
  25. Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic ( or, according to some, orpiment).
  26. Stannic chloride. See under Stannic.
  27. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up.
  28. To convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off.
  29. The soul; immortal, nonphysical part of man; any supernatural being, as a ghost or fairy; courage, energy, and liveliness; as, the troops advanced with spirit; power of mind, moral or intellectual; as, " the spirit is willing"; condition of mind, temper, or disposition; as, the spirit of the army was loyal; enthusiasm for an object; as, school spirit; real meaning; as, the tone of the words contradicted their spirit; a strong distilled alcoholic liquor, as whisky, etc.; a solution in alcohol of certain drugs; as, spirit of ammonia; alcohol.
  30. To carry away suddenly or secretly: often with off or away: Spirit, the third person of the Trinity; the Holy Spirit.
  31. 1. An alcoholic liquor stronger than wine, obtained by distillation. 2. An alcoholic solution of a volatile or gaseous substance; see spiritus.
  32. An alcoholic fluid.
  33. A ghost.
  34. Vital force: the soul: a ghost: mental disposition: enthusiasm: real meaning: chief quality: a very lively person: any volatile, inflammable liquid obtained by distillation, as brandy:- pl. intellectual activity: liveliness: persons with particular qualities of mind: mental excitement: spirituous liquors.
  35. Soul; thinking part of man; ghost; disposition; energy; volatile liquid obtained by distiliation; alcohol.
  36. The Spirit, the Holy Ghost.
  37. To incite; to convey secretly.
  38. To carry off; kidnap; followed by away.
  39. The part of man that is capable of thought, feeling, and will; the soul.
  40. A rational being not embodied; the Deity or the third person of the Trinity, called the Holy Spirit.
  41. Ardor; dash.
  42. Distilled liquor, especially alcohol.
  43. Spiritual substance or being, or selfconscious life; a spiritual being; a supernatural being; the spiritual part in man or soul; a disembodied soul or ghost; animal excitement; ardour; elevation or vehemence of mind; vigour of intellect; genius; disposition; turn of mind; temper; a man of vigour and enterprise; a man of superior ability; essential quality; active quality or essence of a thing; meaning; a strong distilled liquor.
  44. To animate; to excite; to encourage; to kidnap, or bear away surreptitiously. The Spirit, the Divine Being, as animating, especially man, in a spiritual manner; the Holy Spirit. Spirit of wine, pure alcohol.
  45. An intelligent being imperceptible to the senses; an immaterial substance; the soul of man; a spectre or ghost; ardour; courage; temper or disposition of mind; the intellectual powers of man, as distinct from the body; a man of life, fire, and enterprise; purest part of a body; essential quality; a liquid, as brandy, whisky, or rum, obtained by distilling a fermented vegetable extract; real meaning, as opposed to the letter; in Scrip., sometimes the renewed nature of man; the immortal part of man; pre- eminently, the Holy Spirit.
  46. To convey away rapidly and secretly, as by a spirit.

Quotes of spirit

  1. Any landscape is a condition of the spirit – Henri Frederic Amiel
  2. Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit – Frank Borman
  3. For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it. – Martin Van Buren
  4. Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning. – Charles Eastman
  5. The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  6. It is in times of great tragedy when the true spirit of our wonderful country unites as one. – Jim Gerlach
  7. It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush. – George Herbert
  8. A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit – Thomas Jefferson
  9. There is something of the freshness of mind, of the lightness of spirit in Linne which for centuries has been linked in people's minds with the mountains of Sweden and Swedish joy in nature. – Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
  10. When the depths are upheld by the Holy Spirit then the reaction is Christian. – E. Stanley Jones
  11. May the spirit of devotion to duty which inspires us always dominate this Committee's conferences! – Gustav Krupp
  12. After working for 14 years on Wall Street and growing up in a family with strong roots in small business, I know how important the entrepreneurial spirit is to attaining the American dream. – Ellen Tauscher
  13. When you are balanced and when you listen and attend to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit your natural beauty comes out. – Christy Turlington
  14. We feel unsatisfied until we know ourselves akin even with that greatness which made the spots on which it rested hallowed; and until, by our own lives, and by converse with the thoughts they have bequeathed us, we feel that union and relationship of the spirit which we seek. – Jones Very
  15. If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit – Oprah Winfrey

Usage examples for spirit

  1. The poor are the poor in spirit – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  2. She lived behind her eyes in the land of will and spirit – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  3. He saw his men had no more spirit in them, and that the beginning of the war went very ill. – Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace
  4. It was only necessary to set him going; and no story lost anything of spirit through being told by him. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  5. " I have always paid you for everything I have bought of you," said David, with some spirit – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  6. Yer jest make her stand around, and break her spirit if ye can. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  7. " People will say that Rames is an adventurer, who is marrying you for your money," said Mr. Benoliel bluntly, and Cynthia turned on him with spirit – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. If you go up to the light it is nothing, for it is a spirit – The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz
  9. I therefore in spirit went out of the house, and saw before me an opening, which I approached; and looked down; and lo! – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
  10. The Church is the Spirit of Truth. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  11. One day she asked Graham abruptly, " Do you believe that the human spirit lives on after death?" – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  12. " To break our spirit I suppose," Cercy said. – Diplomatic Immunity by Robert Sheckley
  13. A little less grace; a little more spirit – Black Jack by Max Brand
  14. She wished sometimes that she had more of his spirit – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  15. The spirit but not the will of the girl was all but broken. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. His spirit is in all that I have since written of the red men. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  17. They laughed without much spirit – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  18. What is the spirit – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  19. If it is true, then that was his last show of spirit – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  20. The spirit of the question, " What is true?" – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith

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