verb (used with object)
Origin of spirit
Synonyms for spirit
Related Words for spiritvigor, heart, life, resolve, humor, mood, essence, energy, character, vitality, will, courage, temperament, enthusiasm, quality, warmth, morale, tone, genius, meaning
Examples from the Web for spirit
Contemporary Examples of spirit
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
Their authors promise that your spirit will be improved, your ambition honed, and your finances maximized by their advice.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
The Speyside distillery is famous for taking only the finest cut of spirit for its whisky.The Restaurant, Flask, And Photography Worthy of The Macallan Whisky
December 16, 2014
But he clearly understands the spirit of the season and describes it pretty much the same way as my wife.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of spirit
The spirit and the gifts of freedom ill assort with the condition of a slave.
Wonderful are the accounts he brings of that far-off world, where his spirit wanders.
"That contains the spirit of all prayer," said the old philosopher.
Aspasia said wisely, that the spirit of beauty flows in, only where the proportions are harmonious.
The spirit of the strong man was moved, and he trembled like a leaf shaken by the wind.
- an incorporeal being, esp the soul of a dead person
- (as modifier)spirit world
Word Origin for spirit
- an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp one obtained by distillation
- the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp by distillation
- a solution of a volatile substance, esp a volatile oil, in alcohol
- (as modifier)a spirit burner
Word Origin for spirit
noun the Spirit
mid-13c., "animating or vital principle in man and animals," from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus "soul, courage, vigor, breath," related to spirare "to breathe," from PIE *(s)peis- "to blow" (cf. Old Church Slavonic pisto "to play on the flute").
Original usage in English mainly from passages in Vulgate, where the Latin word translates Greek pneuma and Hebrew ruah. Distinction between "soul" and "spirit" (as "seat of emotions") became current in Christian terminology (e.g. Greek psykhe vs. pneuma, Latin anima vs. spiritus) but "is without significance for earlier periods" [Buck]. Latin spiritus, usually in classical Latin "breath," replaces animus in the sense "spirit" in the imperial period and appears in Christian writings as the usual equivalent of Greek pneuma.
Meaning "supernatural being" is attested from c.1300 (see ghost); that of "essential principle of something" (in a non-theological sense, e.g. Spirit of St. Louis) is attested from 1690, common after 1800. Plural form spirits "volatile substance" is an alchemical idea, first attested 1610; sense narrowed to "strong alcoholic liquor" by 1670s. This also is the sense in spirit level (1768).
1590s, "to make more active or energetic" (of blood, alcohol, etc.), from spirit (n.). The meaning "carry off or away secretly" (as though by supernatural agency) is first recorded 1660s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with spirit
- spirit away
- spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, the
- kindred spirit