élan vital

noun
élan vi·tal | \ ā-ˌläⁿ-vē-ˈtäl \

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

First Known Use of élan vital

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for élan vital

French

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