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spirit

spir·it

spirit

 
 
pronunciation:
spi riht
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a force that is thought to be a part of human beings; soul.
Some people believe that when you die, your spirit lives on.
synonyms:
soul
similar words:
ghost
definition 2: a being that is not of this world, such as a devil, ghost, or fairy.
He told me that the old house is haunted by evil spirits.
synonyms:
ghost
similar words:
phantom, soul
definition 3: the way a person feels or thinks, as marked by qualities such as courage and energy.
He led the team with his courageous spirit.
synonyms:
pluck, vigor
similar words:
disposition, heart, morale
definition 4: (plural) a feeling or mood.
He was in low spirits from the bad news.
synonyms:
feeling, humor, mood
similar words:
tone
definition 5: the meaning or intent of a thing.
The judge tried to stay true to the spirit of the law.
synonyms:
aim, intent, purpose
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: spirited, spiriting, spirits
definition: to remove secretly (usually followed by "off" or "away").
The thieves spirited away our car.
similar words:
abduct, sneak, steal
Word History
Spirit comes from spiritus, a Latin word that could mean either "breath" or "soul." In cultures even more ancient than the Roman or Greek, the breath and the soul were the same thing.
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