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[ spir-i-tid ]


  1. having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.:

    a spirited defense of poetry.

    Synonyms: mettlesome, courageous, vigorous, lively, energetic, active, ardent, vivacious, animated


/ ˈspɪrɪtɪd /


  1. displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
  2. in combination characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specified



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Derived Forms

  • ˈspiritedness, noun
  • ˈspiritedly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • spirit·ed·ly adverb
  • spirit·ed·ness noun
  • non·spirit·ed adjective
  • non·spirit·ed·ly adverb
  • non·spirit·ed·ness noun
  • quasi-spirit·ed adjective
  • quasi-spirit·ed·ly adverb
  • un·spirit·ed adjective
  • un·spirit·ed·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spirited1

First recorded in 1590–1600; spirit + -ed 3

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Example Sentences

In the other Tuesday opener, the Mystics represent the survivor of a spirited, three-team fight for the eight seed with Atlanta and Dallas that was decided on the final day of the regular season.

Enjoying a spirited mutual challenge, she and Rachel Elkind played with new sounds until the day Elkind became intrigued by Carlos’ rendition of a Bach composition reproduced with a Moog synthesizer.

She said that because video chatting only allows for one person to speak and be heard at a time, it eliminates the possibility of spirited interruptions and side conversations.

From Fortune

The coach said he didn’t see Anthony’s vocal nature — or the spirited element of it — as all that unusual, saying Hall of Famer Gary Payton, whom he coached as an assistant in Seattle, was highly talkative as well.

The brand has a consistent free-spirited, artsy, and non-maximalist brand identity that appeals to this segment.

Then again, this is not the high-spirited Mary we met in Season 1—indeed, none of the Crawleys are the same.

Then Eminem decided he wanted in on some of the mean-spirited misogyny, actually rapping about raping Iggy.

Laughs aside, the methods can take on other, less spirited forms.

And Hayao Miyazaki, the 73-year-old director behind hits like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, is a walking legend.

Before she headlined the Playboy resorts, Joan Rivers was the funny gal in a spirited trio that played in hip nightclubs.

He was mounted on a spirited horse and his manner showed he was ready for any kind of an adventure, no matter where it might lead.

Malcolm had selected it as a training-ground that evening, because he meant to weary and subdue his too highly spirited charger.

The other was the spirited portrait of Baron von Friedericks, a happy combination of cavalier and soldier in its manly strength.

All were of small size, and in good part devoted to spirited political discussion.

Winifred, naturally a high-spirited and lively girl, soon recovered from the fright of that fateful Sunday evening.





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