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Liveliness of mind or spirit; wittiness or sprightliness.

[French, from Latin spīritus, spirit; see spirit.]


spirit and liveliness, esp in wit
[C16: from French, from Latin spīritus a breathing, spirit1]



1. sprightliness of spirit or wit; lively intelligence.
[1585–95; < French < Latin spīritus spirit]
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Noun1.esprit - liveliness of mind or spirit
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"


noun spirit, wit, sparkle, vitality, animation, verve, zest, élan, brio, quickness, vivacity, liveliness, sprightliness The wonderful esprit of this orchestra is quite unique.


1. A lively, emphatic, eager quality or manner:
Informal: ginger, pep, peppiness.
Slang: oomph.
2. A strong sense of enthusiasm and dedication to a common goal that unites a group:
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At the same instant, rallied by the esprit de corps, all the comrades of the conquered man fell upon the conqueror.
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She was a bel esprit, and a dreadful Radical for those days.
I have been doing odds and ends at Avignon, at Pont Esprit, at Lyons; upon the Rhone, upon the Saone.
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Jim Burton, MD of Esprit, said: "You can also expect to see the group continuing to grow through further mergers and acquisitions as Esprit achieves its goal of building a new UK-based force in the information solutions marketplace.