familiar spirit

noun

Definition of familiar spirit

1 : a spirit or demon that serves or prompts an individual
2 : the spirit of a dead person invoked by a medium to advise or prophesy

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Examples of familiar spirit in a Sentence

asked the spiritualist to summon the familiar spirit of her late mother for some matrimonial guidance
Recent Examples on the Web These hues capture a familiar spirit of belonging, warmth, and self-expression. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 When entering their third season in 1997 and dealing with the departure of scene-stealer Chevy Chase, the SNL cast found a familiar spirit in host Grodin. Samantha Pitchel, Vulture, 18 May 2021 The Modernist stocks several bottles of the alcohol-free label Seedlip, which approximates the flavors of familiar spirits without the hangover. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of familiar spirit

circa 1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of familiar spirit was circa 1545

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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Familiar spirit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familiar%20spirit. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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