spirit Definition

  • 1the non-physical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character; the soul
  • 2a person's mood or attitude
  • 3the prevailing or typical quality, mood, or attitude of a person, group, or period of time
  • 4a supernatural being

Using spirit: Examples

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

  • Example

    She had a fighting spirit that never gave up.

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    The team played with great spirit and determination.

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    The spirit of the age was one of rebellion and change.

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    The house was said to be haunted by evil spirits.

spirit Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using spirit

  • said when someone wants to do something but lacks the physical or mental ability to do it


    I really want to go for a run, but the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

  • lift/raise someone's spirits

    make someone feel happier or more optimistic


    The good news lifted her spirits and gave her hope.

  • become enthusiastic and involved in an activity or event


    He wasn't interested in dancing at first, but after a while he got into the spirit of things and started enjoying himself.

Phrases with spirit

  • a feeling of pride and loyalty shared by the members of a group, especially a sports team


    The team's success was due in part to their strong team spirit.

  • a state of happiness or excitement


    The children were in high spirits after winning the game.

  • a person who shares similar values or interests with oneself


    When they met, they knew they were kindred spirits because of their love for music.

Origins of spirit

from Latin 'spiritus', meaning 'breath, spirit'


Summary: spirit in Brief

The term 'spirit' [ˈspɪrɪt] refers to the non-physical part of a person where emotions and character reside. It also denotes a person's mood or attitude, as well as the prevailing quality of a group or period of time. 'Spirit' extends into phrases like 'team spirit,' and idioms like 'lift/raise someone's spirits,' denoting a positive emotional state, and 'the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,' implying a desire to do something but lacking the ability.

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