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[in-spir-it] /ɪnˈspɪr ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to infuse spirit or life into; enliven.
Also, enspirit.
Origin of inspirit
First recorded in 1600-10; in-2 + spirit
Related forms
inspiriter, noun
inspiritingly, adverb
inspiritment, noun
uninspirited, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Of course they can't," said Dockwrath, who wished to inspirit the witnesses on his own side.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • If this were intended in any way to inspirit him, it failed of its effect.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • They had a spell of steady swimming, companionship to inspirit it.

  • The arrival of the letter from Lechworthy did nothing to inspirit him.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • He thought of this frequently, and allowed the thought to inspirit him.

    Demos George Gissing
  • Oh, what glorious days these were, quite enough to inspirit any one!

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Strange how often his philosophy and experience of life came back to inspirit her!

    The Builders Ellen Glasgow
  • She listened, and understood that he was afraid of something—that he wanted to inspirit her.


    Maksim Gorky
  • He feels that it is his duty to discover authors and inspirit them.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • His purpose in making this prodigious effort was to inspirit other nations to similar patriotic exertions.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
British Dictionary definitions for inspirit


(transitive) to fill with vigour; inspire
Derived Forms
inspiriter, noun
inspiriting, adjective
inspiritingly, adverb
inspiritment, noun
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