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Meaning of SPIRIT

Pronunciation:  'spirit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
  2. [n]  an inclination or tendency of a certain kind; "he had a change of heart"
  3. [n]  animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
  4. [n]  the intended meaning of a communication
  5. [n]  any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
  6. [n]  the vital principle or animating force within living things
  7. [n]  the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection); "his emotional state depended on her opinion"; "he was in good spirits"; "his spirit rose"
  8. [n]  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
  9. [v]  infuse with spirit; "The company spirited him up"

SPIRIT is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: disembodied spirit, emotional state, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, heart, inspirit, intent, life, liveliness, look, purport, smell, spirit up, sprightliness, tone
 See Also: airiness, alacrity, ambiance, ambience, animate, animation, apparition, atmosphere, banshee, bravery, breeziness, brio, briskness, buoyancy, character, control, courage, courageousness, cowardice, cowardliness, delicacy, disposition, djinni, djinny, ebullience, ecstasy, elan, embarrassment, emotion, energy, enliven, enthusiasm, esprit, evil spirit, exaltation, exuberance, familiar, familiar spirit, felicity, fiber, fibre, genie, ginger, gratification, happiness, high-spiritedness, import, invigorate, invigoration, irrepressibility, jauntiness, jinnee, jinni, life principle, liven, liven up, meaning, numen, pep, peppiness, peri, phantom, presence, psyche, python, rapture, raptus, satisfaction, significance, signification, silvan, soul, specter, spectre, spiritedness, spiritual being, state, supernatural being, sylvan, temperament, thunderbird, transport, unhappiness, vigor, vigour, vim, vital principle, vivification, Zeitgeist, zombi, zombi spirit, zombie, zombie spirit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spir"it\, n. [OF. espirit, esperit, F. esprit, L.
    spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. {Conspire},
    {Expire}, {Esprit}, {Sprite}.]
    1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes,
       life itself. [Obs.] ``All of spirit would deprive.''
             The mild air, with season moderate, Gently
             attempered, and disposed eo well, That still it
             breathed foorth sweet spirit.         --Spenser.
    2. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a
       mark to denote aspiration; a breathing. [Obs.]
             Be it a letter or spirit, we have great use for it.
                                                   --B. Jonson.
    3. Life, or living substance, considered independently of
       corporeal existence; an intelligence conceived of apart
       from any physical organization or embodiment; vital
       essence, force, or energy, as distinct from matter.
    4. The intelligent, immaterial and immortal part of man; the
       soul, in distinction from the body in which it resides;
       the agent or subject of vital and spiritual functions,
       whether spiritual or material.
             There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the
             Almighty giveth them understanding.   --Job xxxii.
             As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
             without works is dead also.           --James ii.
             Spirit is a substance wherein thinking, knowing,
             doubting, and a power of moving, do subsist.
    5. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it
       has left the body.
             Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was,
             and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
                                                   --Eccl. xii.
             Ye gentle spirits far away, With whom we shared the
             cup of grace.                         --Keble.
    6. Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a
       specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an
             Whilst young, preserve his tender mind from all
             impressions of spirits and goblins in the dark.
    7. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc.
             ``Write it then, quickly,'' replied Bede; and
             summoning all his spirits together, like the last
             blaze of a candle going out, he indited it, and
             expired.                              --Fuller.
    8. One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great
       activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper;
       as, a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit.
             Such spirits as he desired to please, such would I
             choose for my judges.                 --Dryden.
    9. Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or
       disposition; intellectual or moral state; -- often in the
       plural; as, to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be
       downhearted, or in bad spirits.
             God has . . . made a spirit of building succeed a
             spirit of pulling down.               --South.
             A perfect judge will read each work of wit With the
             same spirit that its author writ.     --Pope.
    10. Intent; real meaning; -- opposed to the letter, or to
        formal statement; also, characteristic quality,
        especially such as is derived from the individual genius
        or the personal character; as, the spirit of an
        enterprise, of a document, or the like.
    11. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed
        of active qualities.
              All bodies have spirits . . . within them. --Bacon.
    12. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol,
        the spirits, or spirit, of wine (it having been first
        distilled from wine): -- often in the plural.
    13. pl. Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors
        having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt
    14. (Med.) A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf.
        {Tincture}. --U. S. Disp.
    15. (Alchemy) Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal
        ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic (or, according to some,
              The four spirits and the bodies seven. --Chaucer.
    16. (Dyeing) Stannic chloride. See under {Stannic}.
    Note: Spirit is sometimes joined with other words, forming
          compounds, generally of obvious signification; as,
          spirit-moving, spirit-searching, spirit-stirring, etc.
    {Astral spirits}, {Familiar spirits}, etc. See under
       {Astral}, {Familiar}, etc.
    {Animal spirits}.
        (a) (Physiol.) The fluid which at one time was supposed
            to circulate through the nerves and was regarded as
            the agent of sensation and motion; -- called also the
            {nervous fluid}, or {nervous principle}.
        (b) Physical health and energy; frolicsomeness;
    {Ardent spirits}, strong alcoholic liquors, as brandy, rum,
       whisky, etc., obtained by distillation.
    {Holy Spirit}, or {The Spirit} (Theol.), the Spirit of God,
       or the third person of the Trinity; the Holy Ghost. The
       spirit also signifies the human spirit as influenced or
       animated by the Divine Spirit.
    {Proof spirit}. (Chem.) See under {Proof}.
    {Rectified spirit} (Chem.), spirit rendered purer or more
       concentrated by redistillation, so as to increase the
       percentage of absolute alcohol.
    {Spirit butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
       delicate butterflies of tropical America belonging to the
       genus {Ithomia}. The wings are gauzy and nearly destitute
       of scales.
    {Spirit duck}. (Zo["o]l.)
        (a) The buffle-headed duck.
        (b) The golden-eye.
    {Spirit lamp} (Art), a lamp in which alcohol or methylated
       spirit is burned.
    {Spirit level}. See under {Level}.
    {Spirit of hartshorn}. (Old Chem.) See under {Hartshorn}.
    {Spirit of Mindererus} (Med.), an aqueous solution of acetate
       of ammonium; -- named after R. Minderer, physician of
    {Spirit of nitrous ether} (Med. Chem.), a pale yellow liquid,
       of a sweetish taste and a pleasant ethereal odor. It is
       obtained by the distillation of alcohol with nitric and
       sulphuric acids, and consists essentially of ethyl nitrite
       with a little acetic aldehyde. It is used as a
       diaphoretic, diuretic, antispasmodic, etc. Called also
       {sweet spirit of niter}.
    {Spirit of salt} (Chem.), hydrochloric acid; -- so called
       because obtained from salt and sulphuric acid. [Obs.]
    {Spirit of sense}, the utmost refinement of sensation. [Obs.]
    {Spirits}, or {Spirit}, {of turpentine} (Chem.), rectified
       oil of turpentine, a transparent, colorless, volatile, and
       very inflammable liquid, distilled from the turpentine of
       the various species of pine; camphine. See {Camphine}.
    {Spirit of vitriol} (Chem.), sulphuric acid; -- so called
       because formerly obtained by the distillation of green
       vitriol. [Obs.]
    {Spirit of vitriolic ether} (Chem.) ether; -- often but
       incorrectly called {sulphuric ether}. See {Ether}. [Obs.]
    {Spirits}, or {Spirit}, {of wine} (Chem.), alcohol; -- so
       called because formerly obtained by the distillation of
    {Spirit rapper}, one who practices spirit rapping; a
       ``medium'' so called.
    {Spirit rapping}, an alleged form of communication with the
       spirits of the dead by raps. See {Spiritualism}, 3.
    {Sweet spirit of niter}. See {Spirit of nitrous ether},
    Syn: Life; ardor; energy; fire; courage; animatioon;
         cheerfulness; vivacity; enterprise.
  2. \Spir"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spirited}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Spiriting}.]
    1. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to
       inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition
       of private men; -- sometimes followed by up.
             Many officers and private men spirit up and assist
             those obstinate people to continue in their
             rebellion.                            --Swift.
    2. To convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by
       the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or
             The ministry had him spirited away, and carried
             abroad as a dangerous person.         --Arbuthnot &
             I felt as if I had been spirited into some castle of
             antiquity.                            --Willis.
    {Spiriting away} (Law), causing to leave; the offense of
       inducing a witness to leave a jurisdiction so as to evade
       process requiring attendance at trial.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are talking to an unknown spirit, forewarns that someone is trying to deceive you. Generally if the spirit is known and welcomed it is a sign of great good luck and/or good fortune in business affairs.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. ruah; Gr. pneuma), properly wind or breath. In 2 Thess. 2:8 it means "breath," and in Eccl. 8:8 the vital principle in man. It also denotes the rational, immortal soul by which man is distinguished (Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 5:5; 6:20; 7:34), and the soul in its separate state (Heb. 12:23), and hence also an apparition (Job 4:15; Luke 24:37, 39), an angel (Heb. 1:14), and a demon (Luke 4:36; 10:20). This word is used also metaphorically as denoting a tendency (Zech. 12:10; Luke 13:11).

In Rom. 1:4, 1 Tim. 3:16, 2 Cor. 3:17, 1 Pet. 3:18, it designates the divine nature.