verb in·spir·it \in-ˈspir-ət\

Definition of INSPIRIT

transitive verb
:  to fill with spirit
in·spir·it·ing·ly \-ə-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of INSPIRIT

  1. <the sight of the royal family doughtily enduring the bombing raids greatly inspirited the rest of the population>

First Known Use of INSPIRIT

15th century

Synonym Discussion of INSPIRIT

encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency <the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts>. inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something <patriots inspirited the people to resist>. hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal <a hospital patient heartened by good news>. embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance <emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb>.


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