What is the meaning of spirit?


  • The vital principle or animating force within living things.
  • The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people.
    • usage: "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
  • A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character.
  • Any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings.
  • The state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection. )
    • usage: "his emotional state depended on her opinion"; "he was in good spirits"; "his spirit rose"
  • The intended meaning of a communication.
  • Animation and energy in action or expression.
    • usage: "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
  • An inclination or tendency of a certain kind.
    • usage: "he had a change of heart"


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APAWordNet. (2010). spirit. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/spirit/definitions/1209835
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