animal spirits


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animal spirits

pl.n.
The vitality of good health.

animal spirits

pl n
cheerful and exuberant boisterousness
[originally, referring to a vital force believed to be dispatched throughout the body by the brain]

an′imal spir′its


n.pl.
exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor.
[1535–45]
Translations

animal spirits

nplvivacità f inv
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She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self-consequence, which the attention of the officers, to whom her uncle's good dinners, and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance.
Little by little his animal spirits roused themselves.
It was a most gaudy and gorgeous crowd, as to cos- tumery, and very characteristic of the country and the time, in the way of high animal spirits, innocent inde- cencies of language, and happy-hearted indifference to morals.
Nevertheless in his youth he had plenty of animal spirits and always for his friends warm human sympathies.
In her animal spirits there was an affluence of life and certainty of flow, such as excited my wonder, while it baffled my comprehension.
Such an exuberance of animal spirits had he that he sometimes tumbled down and rolled on the ground with laughter at anything which made him think and tickled him.
Tupman, with an air of gentle commiseration, as if animal spirits were contraband, and their possession without a permit a high crime and misdemeanour.
So saying, on he led his radiant Files, Daz'ling the Moon; these to the Bower direct In search of whom they sought: him there they found Squat like a Toad, close at the eare of EVE; Assaying by his Devilish art to reach The Organs of her Fancie, and with them forge Illusions as he list, Phantasms and Dreams, Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint Th' animal Spirits that from pure blood arise Like gentle breaths from Rivers pure, thence raise At least distemperd, discontented thoughts, Vain hopes, vain aimes, inordinate desires Blown up with high conceits ingendring pride.
In a good lord there must first be a good animal, at least to the extent of yielding the incomparable advantage of animal spirits.
I still believe him, in virtue of this carriage, his animal spirits, his delightful voice, his handsome face and figure, and, for aught I know, of some inborn power of attraction besides (which I think a few people possess), to have carried a spell with him to which it was a natural weakness to yield, and which not many persons could withstand.
when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision--that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation--that leaden, self- balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement.
After interviews have been compassed with long foresight we must be tormented presently by baffled blows, by sudden, unseasonable apathies, by epilepsies of wit and of animal spirits, in the heyday of friendship and thought.