Definition of "soul" []

  • 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)
  • The spirit or immaterial part of man, the seat of human personality, intellect, will, and emotions, regarded as an entity that survives the body after death (noun)

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  • The spiritual part of a person, capable of redemption from the power of sin through divine grace (noun)
  • The essential part or fundamental nature of anything (noun)
  • A person's feelings or moral nature as distinct from other faculties (noun)
  • A type of Black music resulting from the addition of jazz, gospel, and pop elements to the urban blues style (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Of or relating to Black Americans and their culture (noun)
  • Nobility of spirit or temperament (noun)
  • An inspiring spirit or leading figure, as of a cause or movement (noun)
  • A person regarded as typifying some characteristic or quality (noun)
  • A person; individual (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "soul" in a sentence
  • ""I can respect a _soul_, sir," replied Emma, warmly, -- "a soul made in the image of God, though it were sunk in the very depths of pollution and wretchedness; and so can the 'Great and Holy One,' Mr. Sliver, or he never would have sent his Son to redeem the world.""
  • "It is of the highest importance to the developing soul to unfold into a realization of this relationship and unity, _for when this conception is once fully established the soul is enabled to rise above certain of the lower planes, and is free from the operation of certain laws that bind the undeveloped soul_."
  • "For it is the soul which manifests as _body_, which thinks as _mind_, which feels and loves as _heart_, and which is what it is -- though not perhaps what it really or finally is -- as _soul_."