- spirit of nitrous ether,
- spirit rapping,
- spirit varnish,
- spirit wrestler,
- spirit writing,
- spirits of ammonia
Origin of spirited
verb (used with object)
Origin of spirit
Examples from the Web for spirited
And Hayao Miyazaki, the 73-year-old director behind hits like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, is a walking legend.
At 75, the spirited Pacha founder, Ricardo Urgell, keeps an iron hand on his empire.
Mischievous and spirited, she was a heroine for generations of young girls who read and idolized her.Madeline’s New York Moment: Ludwig Bemelmans’ Heroine Comes Home|Erin Cunningham|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Books were also spirited home in food cans and Tampax boxes.
Lynch, ever the spirited mind in flight, never had to crib much from infatuations of college boys.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’|Jimmy So|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Away went the spirited team on a gallop, the turnout bouncing from side to side over the rocky road.The Rover Boys Down East|Arthur M. Winfield
There ought to be a sæter6 somewhere about there, but it seems as if it had been spirited away.Fridtjof Nansen|Jacob B. Bull
His best and most spirited and sincere work is represented by his designs in the "Contes Drolatiques."Of the Decorative Illustration of Books Old and New|Walter Crane
He went to Blodgett finally, and over his spirited resistance broke the last tie.The Guarded Heights|Wadsworth Camp
Mr Saltzburg gave a spirited and lifelike representation of a manager laughing ha-ha when begged to disgorge a libretto.The Little Warrior|P. G. Wodehouse
noun the Spirit
- another name for the Holy Spirit
- God, esp when regarded as transcending material limitations
- 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
"lively, energetic," 1590s, from spirit (n.).
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