Definitions for spiritˈspɪr ɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the animating principle of life, esp. of humans; vital essence.
the incorporeal part of humans, or an aspect of this, as the mind or soul.
conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter.
a supernatural, incorporeal being, esp. one having a particular character:
a fairy, sprite, or elf.
an attitude or principle that pervades thought, stirs one to action, etc.:
the spirit of reform.
(cap.) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit.
the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or as prompting to action:
a man of broken spirit.
spirits, feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression:
a vigorous, courageous, or optimistic attitude:
That's the spirit!
temper or disposition:
meek in spirit.
an individual as characterized by a particular attitude, character, etc.:
a few brave spirits.
dominant tendency or character:
the spirit of the age.
vigorous sense of membership in a group:
general meaning or intent
the spirit of the law.
Ref: (opposed to letter 1 7 )
the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, esp. by distillation.
Often, spirits. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.
a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence.
(adj.)operating by burning alcoholic spirits:
a spirit stove.
of or pertaining to spiritualist bodies or activities.
(v.t.)to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often fol. by away or off):
to be spirited away by unknown captors.
to encourage; urge on or stir up.
Origin of spirit:
1200–50; ME (n.) < L spīritus orig., a breathing =spīri-, comb. form repr. spīrāre to breathe +-tus suffix of v. action
the vital principle or animating force within living things
spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell(noun)
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"
a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
spirit, disembodied spirit(noun)
any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
emotional state, spirit(noun)
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"
intent, purport, spirit(noun)
the intended meaning of a communication
liveliness, life, spirit, sprightliness(noun)
animation and energy in action or expression
"it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
"he had a change of heart"
spirit, spirit up, inspirit(verb)
infuse with spirit
"The company spirited him up"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the part of a person that is believed to go on living after death; = soul
the spirits of the dead
an energetic and enthusiastic attitude
a young horse with a lot of spirit; school/team spirit
a general idea, rather than specific words
His decisions reflect the spirit of the law.
a being with magical powers
She believed evil spirits were to blame.
The undying essence of a human. The soul.
A supernatural being, often but not exclusively without physical form; ghost, fairy, angel.
School spirit is at an all-time high.
The manner or style of something.
In the spirit of forgiveness, we didn't press charges.
A volatile liquid, such as alcohol. The plural form spirits is a generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages.
To carry off, especially in haste, secrecy, or mystery.
(Holy) Spirit: in Christian theology, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the three aspects of God
The name given to a Mars exploration rover launched June 10, 2003. See wikipedia entry
Origin: from spiritus. Compare inspire, respire, transpire, all ultimately from Latin spiro. Displaced native Middle English gast (from Old English gast).
air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself
a rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing
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
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
specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body
any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an elf
energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc
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
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
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
tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities
any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine (it having been first distilled from wine): -- often in the plural
rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors
a solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture
any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic (or, according to some, orpiment)
stannic chloride. See under Stannic
to animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up
to convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off
The English word spirit has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's spirit and soul often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person. The term may also refer to any incorporeal or immaterial being, such as demons or deities, in Christianity specifically the Holy Spirit experienced by the disciples at Pentecost.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
in philosophy and theology is the Divine mind incarnating itself in the life of a man, and breathing in all he thinks and does, and so is as the life-principle of it; employed also to denote any active dominating and pervading principle of life inspired from any quarter whatever and coming to light in the conduct.
Translations for spirit
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a principle or emotion which makes someone act
The spirit of kindness seems to be lacking in the world nowadays.
- روح، مَبْدأArabic
- espíritoPortuguese (BR)
- der GeistGerman
- πνεύμα, αίσθησηGreek
- vaim, meelsusEstonian
- ånd, kraftNorwegian
- uczucie, nastawieniePolish
- خوټيدل، دارىPashto
- дух; настроениеRussian
- anda, stämning, sinnelagSwedish
- 精神，道義，感情Chinese (Trad.)
- رائج ذہنی یا اخلاقی رویہUrdu
- tinh thần, linh hồnVietnamese
- 精神，道义，感情Chinese (Simp.)
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