soul Definition

  • 1the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal
  • 2emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, especially as revealed in a work of art or an artistic performance

Using soul: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "soul" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    He believed that his soul would live on after his death.

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    The music had soul and moved everyone who heard it.

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    She poured her soul into her writing.

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    The painting captured the soul of the city.

soul Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using soul

  • bare one's soul

    reveal one's deepest thoughts and feelings


    In therapy, he finally felt comfortable enough to bare his soul and talk about his childhood trauma.

  • be very discreet and trustworthy


    She was known to have a soul of discretion and was often confided in by her friends.

  • earn enough money to survive


    After losing his job, he struggled to keep body and soul together by doing odd jobs.

Phrases with soul

  • sell one's soul

    do something morally wrong or harmful in exchange for money or personal gain


    He refused to sell his soul to the company and quit his job.

  • soul-searching

    deep and serious self-examination, often with the aim of discovering one's true motives or beliefs


    After the breakup, she spent months doing soul-searching to figure out what went wrong.

  • a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner


    They were soul mates who had been together for over 50 years.

Origins of soul

from Old English 'sawol', related to Dutch 'ziel' and German 'Seele'


Summary: soul in Brief

The term 'soul' [sohl] refers to the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, often considered immortal. It also denotes emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, as in 'The music had soul and moved everyone who heard it.' Phrases like 'sell one's soul' and 'soul mate' add moral and relational dimensions, while idioms like 'bare one's soul' and 'have a soul of discretion' emphasize self-disclosure and trustworthiness.

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