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spirit

spir·it

spirit

 
pronunciation:
spi riht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the vital force that is thought to be an element of human beings; soul.
synonyms:
anima, soul
similar words:
animus, ghost, mind, psyche
definition 2: a supernatural being, such as a devil, ghost, fairy, or elf.
synonyms:
apparition, ghost, presence, specter
similar words:
phantom, soul
definition 3: the part of human nature that is separate and distinct from the physical.
synonyms:
mind, psyche, soul
definition 4: fundamental nature; essence.
synonyms:
core, essence
similar words:
being, character, flavor, genius, nature, quintessence
definition 5: disposition or character as marked by certain qualities such as courage and energy.
synonyms:
Úlan, pluck, vigor, vitality, vivacity
similar words:
disposition, grain, heart, morale
definition 6: (pl.) a feeling or mood.
in low spirits from the bad news
synonyms:
feeling, humor, mood
similar words:
tone
definition 7: the essential meaning or intent of a thing.
the spirit of the law
synonyms:
aim, intent, intention, purpose
definition 8: the prevailing character of something.
the revolutionary spirit of the century
synonyms:
character, mood
similar words:
complexion, flavor, genius, temper
definition 9: (pl.) alcoholic liquor.
synonyms:
alcohol, liquor
definition 10: (cap.) in Christianity, the Holy Ghost; third person of the Trinity.
synonyms:
Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Paraclete
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: spirited, spiriting, spirits
definition 1: to remove secretly or mysteriously (usu. fol. by off or away).
The thieves spirited away our car.
similar words:
abduct, sneak, steal
definition 2: to infuse with spirit or determination; inspirit.
synonyms:
animate, hearten, inspirit
similar words:
arouse, embolden, encourage, inspire, kindle, quicken
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.
Word Parts
The word spirit contains the following part: