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spiritless

[ spir-it-lis ]
/ ˈspɪr ɪt lɪs /
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adjective

without spirit.
without ardor, vigor, zeal, animation, etc.: a spiritless reply to criticism.

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Origin of spiritless

First recorded in 1560–70; spirit + -less

OTHER WORDS FROM spiritless

spir·it·less·ly, adverbspir·it·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spiritless

spiritless
/ (ˈspɪrɪtlɪs) /

adjective

lacking courage or liveliness; melancholic

Derived forms of spiritless

spiritlessly, adverbspiritlessness, noun
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