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soul

noun \ ˈsōl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of soul

1 : the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life
2 a : the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe
b capitalized, Christian Science : god 1b
3 : a person's total self
4 a : an active or essential part
b : a moving spirit : leader
5 a : 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
8 a : a strong positive feeling (as of intense sensitivity and emotional fervor) conveyed especially by black American performers
b : negritude
d : soul food

Examples of soul in a Sentence

  1. the souls of the dead

  2. He could not escape the guilt that he felt in the inner recesses of his soul.

  3. Some poor soul was asking for handouts on the street.

  4. a village of barely a hundred souls

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Origin and Etymology of soul

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

soul Synonyms

Synonyms
psyche, spirit
Related Words
life, vitality; being, essence, quintessence
Near Antonyms
body, flesh

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soul

adjective

Definition of soul

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

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First Known Use of soul

1958


SOUL Defined for English Language Learners

soul

noun

Definition of soul for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

soul

noun \ ˈsōl \

Definition of soul for Students

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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