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spir·it

 (spĭr′ĭt)
n.
1.
a. A force or principle believed to animate living beings.
b. A force or principle believed to animate humans and often to endure after departing from the body of a person at death; the soul.
2. Spirit The Holy Spirit.
3. A supernatural being, as:
a. An angel or demon.
b. A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon.
c. A fairy or sprite.
4.
a. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings: Though unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit.
b. The essential nature of a person or group.
5. A person as characterized by a stated quality: He is a proud spirit.
6.
a. An inclination or tendency of a specified kind: Her actions show a generous spirit.
b. A pervasive or essential attitude, quality, or principle: the spirit of 1776.
7.
a. An attitude marked by enthusiasm, energy, or courage: sang with spirit; troops that fought with spirit.
b. spirits A mood or emotional state: The guests were in high spirits. His sour spirits put a damper on the gathering.
c. Strong loyalty or dedication: team spirit.
8. The actual though unstated sense or significance of something: the spirit of the law.
9. often spirits(used with a sing. verb) An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.
10. spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.
tr.v. spir·it·ed, spir·it·ing, spir·its
1. To carry off mysteriously or secretly: The documents had been spirited away.
2. To impart courage, animation, or determination to; inspirit.

[Middle English, from Old French espirit, from Latin spīritus, breath, from spīrāre, to breathe.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spirits - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermentedspirits - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant - a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
aqua vitae, ardent spirits - strong distilled liquor or brandy
akvavit, aquavit - Scandinavian liquor usually flavored with caraway seeds
arak, arrack - any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses
bitters - alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and roots
brandy - distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice
gin - strong liquor flavored with juniper berries
ouzo - a Greek liquor flavored with anise
rum - liquor distilled from fermented molasses
schnapps, schnaps - any of various strong liquors especially a Dutch spirit distilled from potatoes
mescal - a colorless Mexican liquor distilled from fermented juices of certain desert plants of the genus Agavaceae (especially the century plant)
tequila - Mexican liquor made from fermented juices of an agave plant
vodka - unaged colorless liquor originating in Russia
whiskey, whisky - a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
firewater - any strong spirits (such as strong whisky or rum)
lacing - a small amount of liquor added to a food or beverage

spirits

noun strong alcohol, liquor, the hard stuff (informal), firewater, strong liquor He's stopped drinking spirits these days.

Spirits

absinth or absinthe, aguardiente, applejack, applejack brandy, or apple brandy, aquavit or akvavit, aqua vitae (archaic), Armagnac, arrack or arak, Bacardi (trademark), brandy, bitters, Calvados, Cognac, dark rum, eau de vie, firewater, framboise, gin, grappa, Hollands, hooch, Kirsch or Kirschwasser, korn, marc, mescal, ouzo, palinka, poteen or poitín, raki or rakee, rum, schnapps or schnaps, slivovitz, sloe gin, taffia, tequila, triple sec, vodka, whisky, white rum
Translations
رُوحٌ مَعْنَوِيَّةمَشْروبات روحِيَّهمَعْنَوِيّات، روح مَعْنَوِيَّه
náladalihovina
ånderhumørspiritus
viina
raspoloženje
brenndur drykkurhugarástand
スピリッツ
기분
liehovina
andar
อารมณ์
alkollü içkialkollü içkilerruhsal durum
tâm trạng

spirit

(ˈspirit) noun
1. a principle or emotion which makes someone act. The spirit of kindness seems to be lacking in the world nowadays.
2. a person's mind, will, personality etc thought of as distinct from the body, or as remaining alive eg as a ghost when the body dies. Our great leader may be dead, but his spirit still lives on; (also adjective) the spirit world; Evil spirits have taken possession of him.
3. liveliness; courage. He acted with spirit.
ˈspirited adjective
full of courage or liveliness. a spirited attack/description.
ˈspiritedly adverb
ˈspirits noun plural
1. a person's mood. He's in good/high/low spirits (= He's happy / very cheerful / depressed); This news may raise his spirits.
2. strong alcoholic drink, eg whisky, gin, vodka etc.
ˈspiritual (-tʃul) adjective
of one's spirit or soul, or of one's religious beliefs.
ˈspiritually adverb
spirit level
a tool consisting of a bar containing a glass tube of liquid, for testing whether a surface is level.

spirits

رُوحٌ مَعْنَوِيَّة nálada ånder Spirituosen κέφια ánimo, ánimos viina moral raspoloženje umore スピリッツ 기분 gemoedsgesteldheid sinnstemning alkohol estado de espírito дух andar อารมณ์ alkollü içki tâm trạng 情绪

spirits

n (morale) ánimo, humor m
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She mixed up Swedenborg's teachings on angels and departed spirits, on love to one's neighbor and purity of life, with wild fancies, and kindred beliefs of her own; and preached the visionary religious doctrines thus derived, not only in the bailiff's household, but also on proselytizing expeditions to the households of her humble neighbors, far and near.
Under her son's roof--after the death of his wife--she reigned a supreme power; priding herself alike on her close attention to her domestic duties, and on her privileged communications with angels and spirits.
That soul will hate the ev'ning mist, So often lovely, and will list To the sound of the coming darkness (known To those whose spirits hearken) as one Who, in a dream of night, would fly But cannot from a danger nigh.
Know thou the secret of a spirit Bow'd from its wild pride into shame.
She has sent messengers to his court with costly gifts; but all have returned sick for want of sunlight, weary and sad; we have watched over them, heedless of sun or shower, but still his dark spirits do their work, and we are left to weep over our blighted blossoms.
Then came the Frost-Spirits, and beneath their cold wings the flowers died, while the Spirits bore Violet to a low, dark cell, saying as they left her, that their King was angry that she had dared to stay when he had bid her go.
So it came about that one day they slipped from the kraal when the gates were open, and sought out a certain deep glen which had an evil name, for it was said that spirits haunted it and put those to death who entered there.
The whole is a vast epic allegory, aiming, in the first place, to portray the virtues which make up the character of a perfect knight; an ideal embodiment, seen through Renaissance conceptions, of the best in the chivalrous system which in Spenser's time had passed away, but to which some choice spirits still looked back with regretful admiration.
Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.
That unknown quantity is the spirit of the army, that is to say, the greater or lesser readiness to fight and face danger felt by all the men composing an army, quite independently of whether they are, or are not, fighting under the command of a genius, in two- or three-line formation, with cudgels or with rifles that repeat thirty times a minute.
For, he wished to challenge the Spirit on the moment of its appearance, and did not wish to be taken by surprise, and made nervous.
Have you never observed how invincible and unconquerable is spirit and how the presence of it makes the soul of any creature to be absolutely fearless and indomitable?