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Definition 1: a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character - [noun denoting attribute]

(spirit is a kind of ...) the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

"education has for its object the formation of character"

(... is a kind of spirit ) a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear

(... is a kind of spirit ) the trait of lacking courage

Definition 2: animation and energy in action or expression - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where spirit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous

(... is a kind of spirit ) liveliness and energy

"this tonic is guaranteed to give you more pep"

(... is a kind of spirit ) overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval

(... is a kind of spirit ) exuberant liveliness

(... is a kind of spirit ) irrepressible liveliness and good spirit

"I admired his buoyancy and persistent good humor"

(... is a kind of spirit ) a breezy liveliness

"a delightful breeziness of manner"

(... is a kind of spirit ) liveliness of mind or spirit

(... is a kind of spirit ) enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness

"a performance of great elan and sophistication"

(... is a kind of spirit ) an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)

"his writing conveys great energy" "a remarkable muscularity of style"

(... is a kind of spirit ) liveliness and eagerness

"he accepted with alacrity" "the smartness of the pace soon exhausted him"

(... is a kind of spirit ) lightness in movement or manner

(... is a kind of spirit ) quality of being lively and confident

"there was a pertness about her that attracted him"

(... are attributes of spirit) full of life and energy

"a lively discussion" "lively and attractive parents" "a lively party"

Definition 3: an inclination or tendency of a certain kind - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where spirit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a change of heart

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) your usual mood

"he has a happy disposition"

Definition 4: the intended meaning of a communication - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) the message that is intended or expressed or signified

"what is the meaning of this sentence" "the significance of a red traffic light" "the signification of Chinese characters" "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

Definition 5: any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events

(... is a kind of spirit ) (mythology) the spirit of thunder and lightning believed by some Native Americans to take the shape of a great bird

(... is a kind of spirit ) a spirit that lives in or frequents the woods

(... is a kind of spirit ) a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a spirit

(... is a kind of spirit ) a spirit believed to inhabit an object or preside over a place (especially in ancient Roman religion)

(... is a kind of spirit ) a deified spirit of the Pueblo people

(... is a kind of spirit ) an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby

(... is a kind of spirit ) a ghostly appearing figure

"we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"

(... is a kind of spirit ) (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done

(... is a kind of spirit ) a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard

(... is a kind of spirit ) (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals

(... is a kind of spirit ) (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death

(... is a kind of spirit ) a spirit tending to cause harm

(... is a kind of spirit ) a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

(... is a kind of spirit ) (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body

Definition 6: the vital principle or animating force within living things - [noun denoting person]

(spirit is a kind of ...) a hypothetical force to which the functions and qualities peculiar to living things are sometimes ascribed

(... is a kind of spirit ) the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life

Definition 7: the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people - [noun denoting state]

Samples where spirit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the feel of the city excited him
  • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
  • it had the smell of treason

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) a particular environment or surrounding influence

"there was an atmosphere of excitement"

(... is a kind of spirit ) a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry

"some people in publishing think of theirs as a glamorous medium so they copy the glitter of Hollywood"

(... is a kind of spirit ) the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

Definition 8: the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where spirit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his emotional state depended on her opinion
  • he was in good spirits
  • his spirit rose

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) any strong feeling

(... is a kind of spirit ) the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)

"he is currently suffering financial embarrassments"

(... is a kind of spirit ) a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

"listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"

(... is a kind of spirit ) state of being gratified or satisfied

"dull repetitious work gives no gratification" "to my immense gratification he arrived on time"

(... is a kind of spirit ) state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy

(... is a kind of spirit ) a state of depression or agitation

"he was in such a state you just couldn't reason with him"

(... is a kind of spirit ) state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief

Definition 9: infuse with spirit - [verb of change]

Samples where spirit or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The company spirited him up

Synonyms for spirit in the sense of this definition

(spirit is a kind of ...) make lively

"let's liven up this room a bit"

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