in·​spir·​it | \ in-ˈspir-ət How to pronounce inspirit (audio) \
inspirited; inspiriting; inspirits

Definition of inspirit

transitive verb

: to fill with spirit

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from inspirit

inspiritingly \ in-​ˈspir-​ə-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce inspirit (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of inspirit in a Sentence

the sight of the royal family doughtily enduring the bombing raids greatly inspirited the rest of the population
Recent Examples on the Web He is blinded by comforting, inspiriting harmonies, a forceful but unseeing disturbance of the peace. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Robert Frank’s photographs captured the bleak reality we’re still living in today," 10 Sep. 2019 The women's program is the entire backbone and inspiriting force of soccer in America - and has been ever since 1996. Sally Jenkins,, "The US women’s national team is an American treasure. Pay them a bounty.," 12 June 2019 The women’s program is the entire backbone and inspiriting force of soccer in America - and has been ever since 1996. Sally Jenkins, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. women’s soccer team is an American treasure. Pay them.," 12 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inspirit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inspirit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inspirit

Time Traveler for inspirit

Time Traveler

The first known use of inspirit was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for inspirit

Cite this Entry

“Inspirit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on inspirit

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for inspirit

Britannica English: Translation of inspirit for Arabic Speakers

Comments on inspirit

What made you want to look up inspirit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!