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spirit

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of spirit

  1. 1 an immaterial force within a human being thought to give the body life, energy, and power <the theological and philosophical belief that the spirit is superior to the body> Synonyms psyche, soulRelated Words life, vitality; being, essence, quintessenceNear Antonyms body, flesh

  2. 2 a state of mind dominated by a particular emotion <had been in a combative spirit all week> Synonyms cheer, feather, humor, mode, mood, temperRelated Words angle, attitude, mind-set, outlook, perspective, slant, standpoint, viewpoint; emotion, feeling, heart, passion, sentiment; strain; belief, conviction, judgment (or judgement), mind, opinion; expression, tone, vein; character, disposition, identity, individuality, makeup, mettle, personality, selfhood, self-identity, temper, temperament; responsiveness, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity

  3. 3 the soul of a dead person thought of especially as appearing to living people <Hamlet's late father appears to him in the form of a spirit and with the revelation that he was in fact murdered> Synonyms apparition, bogey (also bogie or bogy), familiar spirit, hant [dialect], haunt [chiefly dialect], materialization, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, poltergeist, shade, shadow, specter (or spectre), ghost, spook, sprite, vision, visitant, wraithRelated Words angel, daimon, familiar, genie, genius, jinni (or jinn also djinni or djinn), shaitan; double, doppelgänger (or doppelganger), fetch; lemures, manes; incubus, lamia, succubus, vampire, zombie (also zombi); cacodemon, demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp

  4. 4 spirits pl  a distilled beverage that can make a person drunk <a hotel bar that's well stocked with spirits> Synonyms aqua vitae, ardent spirits, booze, bottle, drink, firewater, grog, hooch [slang], inebriant, intoxicant, John Barleycorn, juice [slang], liquor, lush [slang], moonshine, potable, rum, sauce [slang], spirits, stimulant, strong drink, tippleRelated Words aperitif, bracer, chaser, digestif, nightcap; belt, load, nip, peg [British], pop, shooter, shot, slug, snifter, snort, tot, whet; cocktail, mixed drink; ale, beer, brew, brewage, brewski [slang], home brew, malt liquor, microbrew, mum, nappy [chiefly Scottish]; mead, sake (or saki), wine; barley-bree (also barley-broo) [chiefly Scottish], brandy, gin, liqueur, mao-tai, mescal, schnapps, tequila, vodka, whiskey (or whisky); Dutch courageAntonyms nonintoxicant




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