soul

noun
\ ˈsōl How to pronounce soul (audio) \

Definition of soul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life
2a : the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe
b capitalized, Christian Science : god sense 1b
3 : a person's total self
4a : an active or essential part
b : a moving spirit : leader
5a : the moral and emotional nature of human beings
b : the quality that arouses emotion and sentiment
c : spiritual or moral force : fervor
6 : person not a soul in sight
7 : personification she is the soul of integrity
8a : a strong positive feeling (as of intense sensitivity and emotional fervor) conveyed especially by African American performers
b : cultural consciousness and pride among people of African heritage

Definition of soul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of black Americans or their culture
2 : designed for or controlled by blacks

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Synonyms for soul

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of soul in a Sentence

Noun the souls of the dead He could not escape the guilt that he felt in the inner recesses of his soul. Some poor soul was asking for handouts on the street. a village of barely a hundred souls
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, King expressed concern that the movement was losing the battle for the soul of the nation. Eddie S. Glaude, The New Yorker, "The History That James Baldwin Wanted America To See," 19 June 2020 The resulting narrative is dense, but ultimately rather bland — especially for the fight over the soul of a country. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Netflix's star-studded Wasp Network has style, but no emotional sting: Review," 19 June 2020 The the latest brave soul to plant his flag in the Stafford debate is Sean Wagner-McGough of CBSSports.com, who ranked the top 10 quarterbacks for the 2020 NFL season. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how Matthew Stafford can justify his top-10 ranking this season," 17 June 2020 Potatoes — affordable, available and soul-satisfying — have been glorious to us during The Great Confinement, so why stop now? Dallas News, "Potato salad celebration: 4 recipes for your next socially-distanced picnic," 17 June 2020 When: June 26 In this political comedy from writer/director Jon Stewart, Steve Carell and Rose Byrne play rival party operatives who get involved in a small town mayor’s race that escalates into a fight for the soul of America. cleveland, "2020 Summer Movie Preview: 22 can’t-miss films to watch in theaters or at home," 15 June 2020 This is a pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation and in the hearts of the people of color that live here. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area black chefs find rewards in speaking out on racial injustice," 6 June 2020 McPherson found a recent Wednesday particularly soul-crushing. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Special report: Anchorage faces a homeless crisis — and the challenges may be increasing," 6 June 2020 The battle for the soul of this nation has been a constant push and pull for more than 240 years. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Joe Biden's Empathy Offensive," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Learn soul line-dances choreographed to R&B, jazz, gospel and Latin tunes. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Woman of the Year awards given," 9 July 2018 Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh threw for nine touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (Aug. 12): Soul stops Brigade in playoff opener," 13 Aug. 2017 Harper’s Cabin Learn about the history, nutrition and culture of African American foods, and about how soul food became important to African American families, their churches and social gatherings. Washington Post, "Montgomery County community calendar July 27-Aug. 3, 2017," 26 July 2017 Among its fans is soul artist Jimmy Levy of Miami, who was encouraged by his manager to try RecordGram, Mendelson said. Nancy Dahlberg, miamiherald, "This Miami music startup brings a recording studio to your phone," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of soul

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soul

Noun

Middle English soule, from Old English sāwol; akin to Old High German sēula soul

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The first known use of soul was before the 12th century

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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Soul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soul. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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soul

noun
How to pronounce soul (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of soul

: the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever
: a person's deeply felt moral and emotional nature
: the ability of a person to feel kindness and sympathy for others, to appreciate beauty and art, etc.

soul

noun
\ ˈsōl How to pronounce soul (audio) \

Kids Definition of soul

1 : the spiritual part of a person believed to give life to the body
2 : the essential or most important part of something This room is the soul of the house.
3 : a person who leads or stirs others to action : leader He was the soul of the campaign.
4 : a person's moral and emotional nature I felt my soul rebel against the injustice.
5 : human being : person a kind soul
6 : a style of music expressing deep emotion that was created by African-Americans

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