- having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.: a spirited defense of poetry.
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- displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
- (in combination) characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specifiedhigh-spirited; public-spirited
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Word Origin and History for spiritedness
"lively, energetic," 1590s, from spirit (n.).
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