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geist

noun

spirit, spirituality; also, intellectual inclination, intelligence

Word Origin

Greek

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  • And yet, when one has said this, one has failed to express the national geist in all its subtlety.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • geist in that quarter made their relation—not that they had any, mind you!

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • "geist" is rather mind as the common nature of intelligence.

  • So the good woman had said, showing her lack of geist—her Philistinism.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • It is in loving them and respecting them as he loved and respected geist and Kai.

  • He did not see it go; perhaps it is like wind, an anima, a geist, a ghost.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • For all your mariolatry, you were full of "der geist der stets verneint."

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • As for purely domestic concerns, geist was so excellent a manager that his master trusted him without reserve.

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall
Word Origin and History for geist
n.

"spirit" of a place or time; "spirituality, intellectuality," 1871, from German Geist (see ghost).

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