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spirited

[spir-i-tid]
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adjective
  1. having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.: a spirited defense of poetry.
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Origin of spirited

First recorded in 1590–1600; spirit + -ed3
Related formsspir·it·ed·ly, adverbspir·it·ed·ness, nounnon·spir·it·ed, adjectivenon·spir·it·ed·ly, adverbnon·spir·it·ed·ness, nounqua·si-spir·it·ed, adjectivequa·si-spir·it·ed·ly, adverbun·spir·it·ed, adjectiveun·spir·it·ed·ly, adverb
Can be confusedspirited spiritual spiritualistic

Synonyms

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animated, vivacious, ardent, active, energetic, lively, vigorous, courageous, mettlesome.
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Examples from the Web for spiritedness

Historical Examples

  • The crowning glory of a nation is the independence and the spiritedness of its labor.

    The Ghost in the White House

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • The General modestly furnished an instance or two of her spiritedness.


British Dictionary definitions for spiritedness

spirited

adjective
  1. displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
  2. (in combination) characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specifiedhigh-spirited; public-spirited
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Derived Formsspiritedly, adverbspiritedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spiritedness

spirited

adj.

"lively, energetic," 1590s, from spirit (n.).

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