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spirited

[ spir-i-tid ]
/ ˈspɪr ɪ tɪd /
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adjective

having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.: a spirited defense of poetry.

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Origin of spirited

First recorded in1590–1600; spirit + -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM spirited

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH spirited

spirited , spiritual, spiritualistic
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British Dictionary definitions for spirited

spirited
/ (ˈspɪrɪtɪd) /

adjective

displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
(in combination) characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specifiedhigh-spirited; public-spirited

Derived forms of spirited

spiritedly, adverbspiritedness, noun
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