The spirit of the Renaissance.
He is a proud spirit.
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 spirit of the law.
Though unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit.
The spirit of 1776.
- 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.
A ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit.
- An angel or demon.
- A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon.
- A fairy or sprite.
The brave spirits who pioneered.
To follow the spirit if not the letter of the law.
Spirits of camphor.
Spirits of turpentine.
A spirit lamp.
Her actions show a generous spirit.
Sang with spirit; troops that fought with spirit.
The guests were in high spirits. His sour spirits put a damper on the gathering.
The documents had been spirited away.
In high spirits.
To answer with spirit.
- 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.
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.
The spirit of an enterprise, or of a document.
- furnishing inspiration or moral support, but otherwise not physically presentHe could not attend, but he's here with us in spirit.
- sad; depressed
Other Word Forms
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.