Soul definition

sōl
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An entity which is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of a person and which, having no physical or material reality, is credited with the functions of thinking, willing, and choosing.
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The moral or emotional nature of a human being.
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In Aristotelian philosophy, an animating or vital principle inherent in living things and endowing them in various degrees with the potential to grow and reproduce, to move and respond to stimuli (as in the case of animals), and to think rationally (as in the case of humans).
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The central or integral part; the vital core.
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Embodiment; personification.

The very soul of kindness.

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The spirit of a dead person, thought of as separate from the body and leading an existence of its own.
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The person who leads or dominates; central figure.

Daniel Boone, soul of the frontier.

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Vital or essential part, quality, or principle.

“brevity is the soul of wit”

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A person.

A town of 1,000 souls.

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A sense of emotional strength or spiritual vitality held to derive from black and especially African-American cultural experience, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and music.
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Spiritual or emotional warmth, force, etc., or evidence of this.

A cold painting, without soul.

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A part of humans regarded as immaterial, immortal, separable from the body at death, capable of moral judgment, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
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Soul is defined as one person, or is the spirit and essence of a person.

An example of your soul is the part of you that makes you who you are and that will live on after your death.

An example of soul is the part of you that will go to heaven and be immortal, according to the the teachings of certain religions.

An example of soul is any person.

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A person's emotional or moral nature.
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Strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, performer, or artist.

A performance that had a lot of soul.

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The spirit or essence of anything.
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A person, especially as one among many.
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Strong expression of this quality in a musical performance.
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(religion, folklore) The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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A human.
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A person considered as the embodiment of an intangible quality; a personification.

I am the very soul of discretion.

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The deep spiritual and emotional quality of black American culture and heritage.
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A form of rhythm and blues characterized by a more deliberate beat, emotionally intense vocals, and elements of U.S. gospel music.
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(music) Soul music.
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An individual life.

Fifty souls were lost when the ship sank.

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(obsolete) To endue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.

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(obsolete) To afford suitable sustenance.

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Soul music.
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This part of a human when disembodied after death.
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Of, for, like, or characteristic of American blacks.
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upon my soul!
  • an exclamation of surprise
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
soul
Plural:
souls

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

upon my soul!

Origin of soul

  • Middle English from Old English sāwol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English sāwol (“soul, life, spirit, being"), from Proto-Germanic *saiwalō (“soul"). Cognate with North Frisian siel, sial (“soul"), Dutch ziel (“soul"), German Seele (“soul") (the Scandinavian forms are borrowings from the Old English).

    From Wiktionary

  • French souler (“to satiate").

    From Wiktionary