- sought after,
- soul brother,
- soul cake,
- soul food,
- soul kiss,
- soul mate
Origin of soul
Examples from the Web for 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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Alas, his soul is willing, but his flesh is weak and he whiffs.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Suppressed, banned, scorned—it seems to speak to something within the human mind (or soul, if you like) that is irrepressible.
His stomach was empty—which he knew, and his soul was empty—which he did not know.
She also beheld Jove sitting upon the highest top of many-rilled Ida, and he was hateful to her soul.
Great activity and worry is needless—it is poison to the soul.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
Suppose now she stood before him, wonder-eyes raised, seeking his soul's truth; hands resting in his until he should speak.Joyce of the North Woods|Harriet T. Comstock
Elizabeth had loved Edward, would she not go with Mary to hear a mass for the repose of his soul?In the Days of Queen Elizabeth|Eva March Tappan
- Also called: soul music a 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