élan vital

élan vi·tal

noun \ā-läⁿ-vē-täl\

Definition of ÉLAN VITAL

:  the vital force or impulse of life; especially :  a creative principle held by Bergson to be immanent in all organisms and responsible for evolution

Origin of ÉLAN VITAL

First Known Use: 1907


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