Origin of soul
Synonyms for soul
Related Words for soulconscience, heart, life, stuff, intelligence, mind, vitality, intellect, thought, genius, courage, ego, feeling, spirit, personality, body, ghost, woman, character, person
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Contemporary Examples of soul
Education controls the transmission of values and molds the spirit before dominating the soul.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Ragtime, blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock and roll were all pioneered or inspired by black artists.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
You mix up English working-class gruffness with African-American soul from the Deep South.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
Perhaps every reproduction of a piece of art steals a part of its soul.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
Alas, his soul is willing, but his flesh is weak and he whiffs.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of soul
All pursuits that serve to connect the soul with the world whence it came are rejected.
I have never seen the soul withdrawn without a struggle with the body.
When the soul was again led into the body, it related all that had happened to it.
Then I heard a voice, saying, 'Lo, the soul seeketh to ascend!'
The good bishop believed she had jeopardised her soul with divorce.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- Also called: soul musica type of Black music resulting from the addition of jazz, gospel, and pop elements to the urban blues style
- (as modifier)a soul singer
Word Origin for soul
"A substantial entity believed to be that in each person which lives, feels, thinks and wills" [Century Dictionary], Old English sawol "spiritual and emotional part of a person, animate existence; life, living being," from Proto-Germanic *saiwalo (cf. Old Saxon seola, Old Norse sala, Old Frisian sele, Middle Dutch siele, Dutch ziel, Old High German seula, German Seele, Gothic saiwala), of uncertain origin.
Sometimes said to mean originally "coming from or belonging to the sea," because that was supposed to be the stopping place of the soul before birth or after death [Barnhart]; if so, it would be from Proto-Germanic *saiwaz (see sea). Klein explains this as "from the lake," as a dwelling-place of souls in ancient northern Europe.
Meaning "spirit of a deceased person" is attested in Old English from 971. As a synonym for "person, individual, human being" (e.g. every living soul) it dates from early 14c. Soul-searching (n.) is attested from 1871, from the phrase used as a past participle adjective (1610s). Distinguishing soul from spirit is a matter best left to theologians.
"instinctive quality felt by black persons as an attribute," 1946, jazz slang, from soul (n.1). Also from this sense are soul brother (1957), soul sister (1967), soul food (1957), etc. Soul music, essentially gospel music with "girl," etc., in place of "Jesus," first attested 1961; William James used the term in 1900, in a spiritual/romantic sense, but in reference to inner music.
In addition to the idiom beginning with soul
- soul of, the
- bare one's soul
- heart and soul
- keep body and soul together
- kindred spirit (soul)
- living soul