What does spirit mean?

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ˈspɪr ɪtspir·it

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spiritnoun

    the vital principle or animating force within living things

  2. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smellnoun

    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. spiritnoun

    a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character

  4. spirit, disembodied spiritnoun

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

  5. emotional state, spiritnoun

    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, spiritnoun

    the intended meaning of a communication

  7. liveliness, life, spirit, sprightlinessnoun

    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, spiritverb

    an inclination or tendency of a certain kind

    "he had a change of heart"

  9. spirit, spirit up, inspiritverb

    infuse with spirit

    "The company spirited him up"


  1. spiritnoun

    The undying essence of a human. The soul.

  2. spiritnoun

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

  3. spiritnoun


    School spirit is at an all-time high.

  4. spiritnoun

    The manner or style of something.

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

  5. spiritnoun

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

  6. spiritnoun


  7. spiritverb

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

  8. Spiritnoun

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

  9. Spiritnoun

    the Devil.

  10. Spiritnoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spiritnoun

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

  2. Spiritnoun

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

  3. Spiritnoun

    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. Spiritnoun

    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. Spiritnoun

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

  6. Spiritnoun

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

  7. Spiritnoun

    energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc

  8. Spiritnoun

    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. Spiritnoun

    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. Spiritnoun

    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. Spiritnoun

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

  12. Spiritnoun

    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. Spiritnoun

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

  14. Spiritnoun

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

  15. Spiritnoun

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

  16. Spiritnoun

    stannic chloride. See under Stannic

  17. Spiritverb

    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. Spiritverb

    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; Spir′itūalness, the state or quality of being spiritual.—adj. Spi′ritūelle, showing great grace and delicacy.—n. Spiritūos′ity, spirituous character: immateriality.—advs. Spirit-uō′so, Spiritō′so (mus.), with spirit or animation.—adj. Spir′itūous, possessing the qualities of spirit: containing much alcohol: volatile.—ns. Spir′itūousness, the quality of being spirituous: stimulating quality: ardour: activity; Spir′itus, a breathing, an aspirate: any spirituous preparation; Spir′itworld, the world of disembodied spirits.—adj. Spir′ity (Scot.), full of spirit, spirited.—Spirit of wine, alcohol; Spiritual court, an ecclesiastical court; Spiritus asper, a rough breathing; Spiritus lenis, a soft or smooth breathing.—Animal spirits, constitutional liveliness of spirits; Holy Spirit (see under Holy); The Spirit, the Holy Spirit: the human spirit under the influence of the Holy Spirit. [L. spiritus, a breath—spirāre, to breathe.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. spirit

    The accurate and specific qualities and energy within living organisms, animals, human beings, universal beings, our body, brain, heart, soul, mind, memory, subconscious, conscience and consciousness.

    Their spirit is lively, fun and playful as they choose it to be.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  
  2. spirit

    The intended meaning of a communication or message.

    The spirit of the message was one of peace, fun, laughter, joy, abundance, love and unity.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  
  3. spirit

    Energy in expression or action

    The spirit of the day is described so beautifully - unity, love, sharing and supporting.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 21, 2019  

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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

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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. Max Cavalera:

    We sat outside the studio at night, among a few candles, and closed our eyes for a minute. After that, we jammed straight from our hearts. We didn't play for ourselves, but for the ones no longer with us in flesh, but always with us in spirit. God bless. Until we meet again. Soul fly... fly free

  2. Charles Cooley:

    No matter what a man does, he is not fully sane or human unless there is a spirit of freedom in him, a soul unconfined by purpose and larger than the practicable world.

  3. Greg Ellis:

    It is exceedingly rare for someone who is tagged as the respondent who has been put in the crosshairs with the false allegation of domestic violence — the silver bullet — to come out and get any kind of semblance of a victory, let alone have a voice, so, the fact that he was able to speak for the first time, and I think we saw from the trial as well, his humanity and the spirit and gentle nature of the man. He was consistent and only took responsibility for his faults and the mistakes that he made. He's never said he's perfect.

  4. Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena:

    Both departments [HFD and HPD]are working diligently to enforce the spirit of the countys stay-home order, the complaint was resolved via notice of violation as required by the countys order.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Aphorisms from awareness you leave this world in your thoughts, freedom increases the mental ugliness in the world, freedom plunges into the wild delusion of selfishness, freedom is the absence of self-control, all the horrors that you see in the world are the result of freedom, the chaos of the toy world, for the elite, freedom shows to what extent a person is vicious, to what extent he is ugly from his own egoism, gourmets of perversity turn madness into pleasure, Poetry Unusually divine, I want to kiss your lips every second, feel the skin is a heavenly pleasure, a juicy wave of excitement through the body, one kiss is sweeter than the other, I touch the very greatness, that is, your unattainable beauty, top ratings, ratings, trends, in my heart, mine libido breathes you, my erection writes poems about your beauty, the powerful energy of love in a kiss, the biocurrents of love, charge me with you, and fill me with the energy of love, when I touch you, you are heaven, you are the highest happiness, joy only when I feel you, your spirit becomes one with me, it’s hard to breathe and my soul groans with delight, pressure rises in the whole body from your beauty, you are a priceless real, narcotic piquant temptation, awakens the brutal lust of the stone age, kiss your lips, I will keep in my subconscious for thousands of years, subconsciously I will always I will look for you, you are the embodiment of the philosophy of love, my idea of ​​\u200b\u200ba beautiful woman, your gaze of sex melts steel, all taste buds all over my body with sweet lust feel only you, you awaken the brutal appetite of passion, jokes Japanese toilets, it's harder to poop, take poop? Press ok. Yes. Are you sure? Yes. Your girlfriend's fat folds are also a blanket. Yesterday she went, now she has a happy face, she is in a wheelchair, just her boyfriend is a brutal sex machine. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. imperviousness
    • B. confrere
    • C. scalawag
    • D. arbalist

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