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[e-spree] /ɛˈspri/
sprightliness of spirit or wit; lively intelligence.
Origin of esprit
1585-95; < French < Latin spīritus spirit Unabridged
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spirit and liveliness, esp in wit
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Latin spīritus a breathing, spirit1
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Word Origin and History for esprit

1590s, from Middle French esprit "spirit, mind," from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus "spirit" (see spirit).

For initial e-, see especial. Esprit de corps first recorded 1780. French also has the excellent phrase esprit de l'escalier, literally "spirit of the staircase," defined in OED as, "a retort or remark that occurs to a person after the opportunity to make it has passed." It also has espirit fort, a "strong-minded" person, one independent of current prejudices, especially a freethinker in religion.

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