- 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 angel or demon.
- A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon.
- A fairy or sprite.
The spirit of the law.
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.
He is a proud spirit.
The documents had been spirited away.
The brave spirits who pioneered.
In high spirits.
To answer with spirit.
To follow the spirit if not the letter of the law.
The spirit of the Renaissance.
Spirits of camphor.
A spirit lamp.
- 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.
A ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit.
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 present.He could not attend, but he's here with us in spirit.
- Sad; depressed.
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«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.