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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. Ardor; dash.
  41. Distilled liquor, especially alcohol.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. To convey away rapidly and secretly, as by a spirit.
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Usage examples for spirit

  1. A little less grace; a little more spirit." – Black Jack by Max Brand
  2. " I have always paid you for everything I have bought of you," said David, with some spirit. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  3. The spirit of the question, " What is true?" – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  4. 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
  5. If it is true, then that was his last show of spirit. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  6. The poor are the poor in spirit. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  7. 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
  8. Yer jest make her stand around, and break her spirit if ye can. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  9. What is the spirit? – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  10. The Church is the Spirit of Truth. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  11. She lived behind her eyes in the land of will and spirit. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  12. The spirit but not the will of the girl was all but broken. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  13. One day she asked Graham abruptly, " Do you believe that the human spirit lives on after death?" – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  14. 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
  15. She wished sometimes that she had more of his spirit. – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  16. " To break our spirit, I suppose," Cercy said. – Diplomatic Immunity by Robert Sheckley
  17. They laughed without much spirit. – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  18. His spirit is in all that I have since written of the red men. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
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