Spirit meaning

spĭr'ĭt
A supernatural being.
  • 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.
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A supernatural being, as:
  • An angel or demon.
  • A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon.
  • A fairy or sprite.
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The actual though unstated sense or significance of something.

The spirit of the law.

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A divine animating influence or inspiration.
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An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.
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To carry (away, off, etc.) secretly and swiftly, or in some mysterious way.
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The definition of spirit is the soul of a living being, a ghost, mood or loyalty.

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.

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The Holy Spirit.
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A person as characterized by a stated quality.

He is a proud spirit.

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An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.
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To carry off mysteriously or secretly.

The documents had been spirited away.

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To impart courage, animation, or determination to; inspirit.
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The thinking, motivating, feeling part of a person, often as distinguished from the body; mind; intelligence.
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Life, will, consciousness, thought, etc., regarded as separate from matter.
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An individual person or personality thought of as showing or having some specific quality.

The brave spirits who pioneered.

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Frame of mind; disposition; mood; temper.

In high spirits.

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Vivacity, courage, vigor, enthusiasm, etc.

To answer with spirit.

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Enthusiasm and loyalty.

School spirit.

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Real meaning; true intention.

To follow the spirit if not the letter of the law.

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A pervading animating principle, essential or characteristic quality, or prevailing tendency or attitude.

The spirit of the Renaissance.

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Strong alcoholic liquor produced by distillation.
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A solution of a tin salt, etc., used as a mordant.
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An alcoholic solution of a volatile or essential substance.

Spirits of camphor.

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To inspirit, animate, encourage, cheer, etc.
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Operating by the burning of alcohol.

A spirit lamp.

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The undying essence of a human; the soul.
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A supernatural being, often but not exclusively without physical form; ghost, fairy, angel.

A wandering spirit haunts the island.

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School spirit is at an all-time high.

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The manner or style of something.
  • Alexander Pope.
    A perfect judge will read each work of wit / With the same spirit that its author writ.

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

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(usually in the plural) A volatile liquid, such as alcohol. The plural form spirits is a generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages.
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One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper.

A ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit.

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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.

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Spenser.

The mild air, with season moderate, / Gently attempered, and disposed so well, / That still it breathed forth sweet spirit.

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Intent; real meaning; opposed to the letter, or formal statement.

The spirit of an enterprise, or of a document.

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(dyeing) Stannic chloride.
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To carry off, especially in haste, secrecy, or mystery.
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The Holy Spirit: in Christian theology, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the three aspects of God.
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The name given to a Mars exploration rover launched June 10, 2003. See Wikipedia's article.
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in spirit
  • Furnishing inspiration or moral support, but otherwise not physically present.
    He could not attend, but he's here with us in spirit.
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out of spirits
  • Sad; depressed.
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the Spirit
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spirit

  • Middle English from Old French espirit from Latin spīritus breath from spīrāre to breathe
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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«rō (“I breathe, blow, respire"). Cognate with Old English fisting (“(silent) breaking of wind"). Displaced native Middle English gast (“spirit") (from Old English gāst (“breath, soul, spirit")). More at fist.
    From Wiktionary