Definitions for spiritˈspɪr ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spir•itˈspɪr ɪt(n.)

  1. the animating principle of life, esp. of humans; vital essence.

    Category: Religion

  2. the incorporeal part of humans, or an aspect of this, as the mind or soul.

    Category: Religion

  3. conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter.

  4. a supernatural, incorporeal being, esp. one having a particular character:

    evil spirits.

  5. a fairy, sprite, or elf.

  6. an attitude or principle that pervades thought, stirs one to action, etc.:

    the spirit of reform.

  7. (cap.) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit.

    Category: Religion

  8. the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or as prompting to action:

    a man of broken spirit.

  9. spirits, feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression:

    high spirits.

  10. a vigorous, courageous, or optimistic attitude:

    That's the spirit!

  11. temper or disposition:

    meek in spirit.

  12. an individual as characterized by a particular attitude, character, etc.:

    a few brave spirits.

  13. dominant tendency or character:

    the spirit of the age.

  14. vigorous sense of membership in a group:

    community spirit.

  15. general meaning or intent

    the spirit of the law.

    Ref: (opposed to letter 1 7 )

  16. the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, esp. by distillation.

    Category: Chemistry

  17. Often, spirits. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  18. Brit. alcohol.

    Category: British

  19. a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence.

    Category: Pharmacology

  20. the Spirit,

    Category: Religion

    Ref: God.

  21. (adj.)operating by burning alcoholic spirits:

    a spirit stove.

  22. of or pertaining to spiritualist bodies or activities.

  23. (v.t.)to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often fol. by away or off):

    to be spirited away by unknown captors.

  24. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spirit(noun)

    the vital principle or animating force within living things

  2. 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"

  3. spirit(noun)

    a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character

  4. spirit, disembodied spirit(noun)

    any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings

  5. 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"

  6. intent, purport, spirit(noun)

    the intended meaning of a communication

  7. 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"

  8. heart, spirit(verb)

    an inclination or tendency of a certain kind

    "he had a change of heart"

  9. spirit, spirit up, inspirit(verb)

    infuse with spirit

    "The company spirited him up"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spirit(noun)ˈspɪr ɪt

    the part of a person that is believed to go on living after death; = soul

    the spirits of the dead

  2. spiritˈspɪr ɪt

    an energetic and enthusiastic attitude

    a young horse with a lot of spirit; school/team spirit

  3. spiritˈspɪr ɪt

    a general idea, rather than specific words

    His decisions reflect the spirit of the law.

  4. spiritˈspɪr ɪt

    a being with magical powers

    She believed evil spirits were to blame.


  1. spirit(Noun)

    The undying essence of a human. The soul.

  2. spirit(Noun)

    A supernatural being, often but not exclusively without physical form; ghost, fairy, angel.

  3. spirit(Noun)


    School spirit is at an all-time high.

  4. spirit(Noun)

    The manner or style of something.

    In the spirit of forgiveness, we didn't press charges.

  5. spirit(Noun)

    A volatile liquid, such as alcohol. The plural form spirits is a generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages.

  6. spirit(Noun)


  7. spirit(Verb)

    To carry off, especially in haste, secrecy, or mystery.

  8. Spirit(ProperNoun)

    (Holy) Spirit: in Christian theology, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the three aspects of God

  9. Spirit(ProperNoun)

    the Devil.

  10. Spirit(ProperNoun)

    The name given to a Mars exploration rover launched June 10, 2003. See wikipedia entry

  11. Origin: from spiritus. Compare inspire, respire, transpire, all ultimately from Latin spiro. Displaced native Middle English gast (from Old English gast).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spirit(noun)

    air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself

  2. Spirit(noun)

    a rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing

  3. Spirit(noun)

    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

  4. Spirit(noun)

    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

  5. Spirit(noun)

    specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body

  6. Spirit(noun)

    any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an elf

  7. Spirit(noun)

    energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc

  8. Spirit(noun)

    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

  9. Spirit(noun)

    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

  10. Spirit(noun)

    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

  11. Spirit(noun)

    tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities

  12. Spirit(noun)

    any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine (it having been first distilled from wine): -- often in the plural

  13. Spirit(noun)

    rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors

  14. Spirit(noun)

    a solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture

  15. Spirit(noun)

    any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic (or, according to some, orpiment)

  16. Spirit(noun)

    stannic chloride. See under Stannic

  17. Spirit(verb)

    to animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up

  18. Spirit(verb)

    to convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off


  1. Spirit

    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

  1. Spirit

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spirit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1631

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spirit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1554

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spirit' in Nouns Frequency: #572

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.

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