esprit


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es·prit

 (ĕ-sprē′)
n.
Liveliness of mind or spirit; wittiness or sprightliness.

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

esprit

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

es•prit

(ɛˈspri)

n.
1. sprightliness of spirit or wit; lively intelligence.
[1585–95; < French < Latin spīritus spirit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"

esprit

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

esprit

noun
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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I know there are those who will sneer at the supposition of a pocket-handkerchief possessing any mind, or esprit, at all; but let such have patience and read on, when I hope it will be in my power to demonstrate their error.
"If I were young and in love with a man," said Mademoiselle, turning on the stool and pressing her wiry hands between her knees as she looked down at Edna, who sat on the floor holding the letter, "it seems to me he would have to be some grand esprit; a man with lofty aims and ability to reach them; one who stood high enough to attract the notice of his fellow-men.
At the same instant, rallied by the esprit de corps, all the comrades of the conquered man fell upon the conqueror.
The thought of Pascal's was brought home to him: "A MESURE QU'ON A PLUS D'ESPRIT, ON TROUVE QU'IL Y A PLUS D'HOMMES ORIGINAUX.
(All old women were beauties once, we very well know.) She was a bel esprit, and a dreadful Radical for those days.
This consists of a simple gros de laine, trimmed with ashes of roses, with overskirt of scare bleu ventre saint gris, cut bias on the off-side, with facings of petit polonaise and narrow insertions of pa^te de foie gras backstitched to the mise en sce`ne in the form of a jeu d'esprit. It gives to the wearer a singularly piquant and alluring aspect.
"It's not that I don't approve of the Mingotts' esprit de corps; but why Newland's engagement should be mixed up with that Olenska woman's comings and goings I don't see," Mrs.
Il n'y a pas des sots si incommodes que ceux qui ont de l'esprit!"
"Esprit de classe"--if one may coin the phrase--was strong in Mrs.
Raoul remained silent, for he was not prepared for the dignity of the bel esprit.
"Not to a man of esprit, like monsieur, an admirer of beauty in every form!" and M.
The subjoined jeu d'esprit with the preceding heading in magnificent capitals, well interspersed with notes of admiration, was originally published, as matter of fact, in the "New York Sun," a daily newspaper, and therein fully subserved the purpose of creating indigestible aliment for the quidnuncs during the few hours intervening between a couple of the Charleston mails.