- The animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity. (noun)
- The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state. (noun)
- The disembodied spirit of a dead human. (noun)
- A human: "the homes of some nine hundred souls” ( Garrison Keillor). (noun)
- The central or integral part; the vital core: "It saddens me that this network ... may lose its soul, which is after all the quest for news” ( Marvin Kalb). (noun)
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