Definition of "spirit" []

  • The vital principle or animating force within living beings. (noun)
  • Incorporeal consciousness. (noun)
  • The soul, considered as departing from the body of a person at death. (noun)
  • The Holy Spirit. (noun)
  • A supernatural being, as: (noun)
  • The force or principle of life that animates the body of living things (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Temperament or disposition (noun)
  • Liveliness; mettle (noun)
  • The fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will (noun)
  • A sense of loyalty or dedication (noun)
  • The prevailing element; feeling (noun)
  • State of mind or mood; attitude (noun)
  • An emotional state, esp with regard to exaltation or dejection (noun)
  • A person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition (noun)
  • The deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation (noun)
  • That which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence (noun)
  • An incorporeal being, esp the soul of a dead person (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • To carry off mysteriously or secretly (verb)
  • To impart animation or determination to (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "spirit" in a sentence
  • "As a proof that this view of the construction is correct, let L.B.L. substitute for "delighted spirit", _spirit no longer delighted_, and he will find that it gives precisely the sense which he deduces from the passage as it stands."
  • "Now the spirit is Life, and throughout the universe Life ultimately consists in _circulation_, whether within the physical body of the individual or on the scale of the entire solar system; and circulation means a continual flowing around, and the _spirit_ of opulence is no exception to this universal law of all life."
  • "In the proposition _That which is flesh is flesh, and that which is spirit is spirit_, Christ formulates the first law of biological religion, and lays the basis for a final classification."