life force


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Recent Examples on the Web In a startling and moving scene, Mr. Lonsdale’s character explains his idea of love to a teenage girl in vivid secular terms — as attraction and as a life force. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Michael Lonsdale, a Bond Villain and Much More, Dies at 89," 26 Sep. 2020 Live shows, the life force of stand-up comedy, instantly became a relic of the past. Jenny Zhang, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenny Yang Will Not Limit Herself," 21 Sep. 2020 Traditionally, the yolia—the life force that inhabits the body and exits at death, somewhat similar to the Christian soul—was imagined as a bird. Eliot Weinberger, Harper's Magazine, "The Trouble with Angels," 15 Sep. 2020 The one twist is the extensive discussion of chi, the notion of one’s essential life force, which this movie essentially turns into the Force from Star Wars. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Mulan Is a War Movie With a Dash of Magic," 4 Sep. 2020 But what’s really goofy is when Jiaying attacks Malick, using her powers to drain his life force away. Christian Holub,, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: Blasts from the past," 30 July 2020 Community is a mighty life force for self-care and survival. Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker, "The Trayvon Generation," 15 June 2020 But my energy level was higher and my life force, somehow stronger. New York Times, "Napping Away Winter in Montreal’s Nordic Spas," 19 Feb. 2020 The Appalachian mine lands are a rare place where the human footprint has been heavy enough to extinguish the forest’s life force. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2020

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“Life force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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