spirit


spirit
/ˈspɪrət / (say 'spiruht)

noun
1. the principle of conscious life, originally identified with the breath; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.
2. the incorporeal part of a human being: present in spirit though absent in body.
3. the soul as separable from the body at death.
4. conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter: the world of spirit.
5. a supernatural, incorporeal being, especially one inhabiting a place or thing or having a particular character: evil spirits.
6. a fairy, sprite, or elf.
7. an angel or demon.
8. an inspiring or animating principle such as pervades and tempers thought, feeling, or action: a spirit of reform.
9. (upper case) the divine influence as an agency working in the heart of humans.
10. (in biblical use) a divine inspiring or animating being or influence.
11. the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: to break a person's spirit.
12. fine or brave vigour or liveliness; mettle.
13. temper or disposition: meek in spirit.
14. a person characterised according to character, disposition, action, etc.
15. mental or moral attitude; mood: take something in the right spirit.
16. the dominant tendency or character of anything: the spirit of the age.
17. vigorous sense of membership in a group: team spirit.
18. the true or general meaning or intent of a statement, etc. (opposed to letter).
19. Chemistry
a. an aqueous solution of ethyl alcohol, especially one obtained by distillation.
b. the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, especially by distillation.
20. a strong distilled alcoholic liquor: a raw spirit.
21. Pharmaceutical a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle.
22. any of certain subtle fluids formerly supposed to permeate the body.
adjective
23. relating to something which works by burning alcoholic spirits.
24. of or relating to spiritualist bodies or activities.
verb (t)
25. Obsolete to animate with fresh ardour or courage; inspirit.
phrase
26. spirit away (or off), to carry away, mysteriously or secretly.
{Middle English, from Latin spīritus breathing}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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