What does spirit mean?

Definitions for spirit
ˈspɪr ɪtspir·it

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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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spirit

    spir′it, n. vital force: the soul: a ghost: mental disposition: enthusiasm, animation, courage, mettle: real meaning: essence, 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.—v.t. to inspirit, encourage, cheer: to convey away secretly, to kidnap.—ns. Spir′it-blue, an aniline blue obtained from coal-tar; Spir′it-duck, the buffle-head, from its rapid diving.—adj. Spir′ited, full of spirit, life, or fire: animated.—adv. Spir′itedly.—n. Spir′itedness.—adj. Spir′itful.—n. Spir′iting, the office of a spirit or sprite; Spir′itism=Spiritualism; Spir′itist=Spiritualist; Spir′it-lamp, a lamp in which alcohol is burned, generally used for heating.—adj. Spir′itless, without spirit, cheerfulness, or courage: dejected: dead.—adv. Spir′itlessly.—ns. Spir′itlessness, the state of being spiritless: want of animation or energy; Spir′it-lev′el, in surveying, a cylindrical glass tube, slightly convex on one side, and so nearly filled with alcohol that only a small bubble of air remains inside—from the position of the bubble the amount of variation from perfect levelness is determined.—adj. Spir′itous, of the nature of spirit, pure: ardent, spirituous.—ns. Spir′itousness; Spir′it-rap′per, one to whom spirits convey intelligence by raps or knocks; Spir′it-rap′ping.—adjs. Spir′it-stir′ring, rousing the spirit; Spir′itūal, consisting of spirit: having the nature of a spirit: immaterial: relating to the mind: intellectual: pertaining to the soul: holy: divine: relating to sacred things: not lay or temporal.—n. Spiritualisā′tion.—v.t. Spir′itūalise, to make spiritual: to imbue with spirituality: to refine: to free from sensuality: to give a spiritual meaning to.—ns. Spir′itualiser; Spir′itualism, a being spiritual: the philosophical doctrine that nothing is real but soul or spirit: the doctrine that spirit has a real existence apart from matter: the name applied to a varied series of abnormal phenomena purporting to be for the most part caused by spiritual beings acting upon specially sensitive persons or mediums; Spir′itūalist, one who has a regard only to spiritual things: one who holds the doctrine of spiritualism or spiritism.—adj. Spiritūalist′ic, relating to, or connected with, spiritualism.—n. Spiritūal′ity, state of being spiritual: essence distinct from matter.—adv. Spir′itūally.—ns. Spir′itūal-mind′edness, the state of having holy affections

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.

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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

How to pronounce spirit?

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How to say spirit in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spirit in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spirit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of spirit in a Sentence

  1. Francisco Rosales:

    She had a free spirit.

  2. Amin Mekki Medani:

    We haven't lost the spirit.

  3. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    The spirit is the true self.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    Trust the spirit not the ego

  5. Stan Laing:

    In the spirit of competition.

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