- An example of spirit is a person's character.
- An example of a spirit is the soul of a dead person trapped in the house in which they had lived.
- An example of spirit is a hospital patient who has a positive attitude: in good spirit.
- An example of spirit is a girl who is a high school cheerleader; a girl with spirit.
- the life principle, esp. in human beings, originally regarded as inherent in the breath or as infused by a deity
- soul (sense )
- the thinking, motivating, feeling part of a person, often as distinguished from the body; mind; intelligence
- [alsoS-] life, will, consciousness, thought, etc., regarded as separate from matter
- a supernatural being, esp.,
- one haunting or possessing a person, house, etc., as a ghost, or thought of as inhabiting a certain region
- one of a certain good (or evil) character or influence, as an angel, demon, fairy, or elf
- an individual person or personality thought of as showing or having some specific quality: the brave spirits who pioneered
- [usually pl.] frame of mind; disposition; mood; temper: in high spirits
- vivacity, courage, vigor, enthusiasm, etc.: to answer with spirit
- enthusiasm and loyalty: school spirit
- real meaning; true intention: to follow the spirit if not the letter of the law
- a pervading animating principle, essential or characteristic quality, or prevailing tendency or attitude: the spirit of the Renaissance
- a divine animating influence or inspiration
- [usually pl.] strong alcoholic liquor produced by distillation
- any of certain substances or fluids thought of as permeating organs of the body
- Alchemy sulfur, sal ammoniac, mercury, or orpiment
- [often pl.]Chem.
- any liquid produced by distillation, as from wood, shale, etc.: spirits of turpentine
- alcohol (sense )
- Dyeing a solution of a tin salt, etc., used as a mordant
- [often pl.]Pharmacy an alcoholic solution of a volatile or essential substance: spirits of camphor
Origin of spiritMiddle English from Old French espirit from Classical Latin spiritus, breath, courage, vigor, the soul, life, in LL(Ec), spirit from spirare, to blow, breathe from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)peis-, to blow from source (prob.) Norwegian fisa, to puff, blow, Old Church Slavonic piskati, to pipe, whistle
- to inspirit, animate, encourage, cheer, etc.: (often with up)
- to carry (away, off, etc.) secretly and swiftly, or in some mysterious way
- of spirits or spiritualism
- believed to be manifested by spirits: spirit rapping
- operating by the burning of alcohol: a spirit lamp
out of spirits
- a. A force or principle believed to animate living beings.b. A force or principle believed to animate humans and often to endure after departing from the body of a person at death; the soul.
- Spirit The Holy Spirit.
- A supernatural being, as:a. An angel or demon.b. A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon.c. A fairy or sprite.
- a. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings: Though unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit.b. The essential nature of a person or group.
- A person as characterized by a stated quality: He is a proud spirit.
- a. An inclination or tendency of a specified kind: Her actions show a generous spirit.b. A pervasive or essential attitude, quality, or principle: the spirit of 1776.
- a. An attitude marked by enthusiasm, energy, or courage: sang with spirit; troops that fought with spirit.b. spirits A mood or emotional state: The guests were in high spirits. His sour spirits put a damper on the gathering.c. Strong loyalty or dedication: team spirit.
- The actual though unstated sense or significance of something: the spirit of the law.
- often spirits used with a sing. verb An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.
- spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.
transitive verbspir·it·ed, spir·it·ing, spir·its
- To carry off mysteriously or secretly: The documents had been spirited away.
- To impart courage, animation, or determination to; inspirit.
Origin of spiritMiddle English from Old French espirit from Latin spīritus breath from spīrāre to breathe
- The undying essence of a human; the soul.
- A supernatural being, often but not exclusively without physical form; ghost, fairy, angel.
- A wandering spirit haunts the island.
- School spirit is at an all-time high.
- The manner or style of something.
- In the spirit of forgiveness, we didn't press charges.
- Alexander Pope
- A perfect judge will read each work of wit / With the same spirit that its author writ.
- (usually in the plural) A volatile liquid, such as alcohol. The plural form spirits is a generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages.
- Energy; ardour.
- One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper.
- a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit
- Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or disposition; intellectual or moral state; often in the plural.
- to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be down-hearted, or in bad spirits
- The mild air, with season moderate, / Gently attempered, and disposed so well, / That still it breathed forth sweet spirit.
- Intent; real meaning; opposed to the letter, or formal statement.
- the spirit of an enterprise, or of a document
- (dyeing) stannic chloride
(third-person singular simple present spirits, present participle spiriting, simple past and past participle spirited)
- To carry off, especially in haste, secrecy, or mystery.
From Middle English spirit, from Old French espirit (“spirit"), from Latin spÄ«ritus (“breath; spirit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peys- (“to blow, breathe"). Compare inspire, respire, transpire, all ultimately from Latin spÄ«rÅ (“I breathe, blow, respire"). Cognate with Old English fisting (“(silent) breaking of wind"). Displaced native Middle English gast (“spirit") (from Old English gÄst (“breath, soul, spirit")). More at fist.
- The Holy Spirit: in Christian theology, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the three aspects of God.
- The name given to a Mars exploration rover launched June 10, 2003. See Wikipedia's article.