courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.
the courage to support unpopular causes
mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.
a challenge that will test your mettle
spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened.
her spirit was unbroken by failure
resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends.
the resolution of pioneer women
tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat.
held to their beliefs with great tenacity
Examples of spirit in a Sentence
the spirits of my ancestors
Some religions believe that the same spirit is reincarnated many times in different bodies.
Yoga is very healthy for both body and spirit.
We will all miss her generous spirit.
My father was a proud spirit. Verb
The singer was spirited away in a limousine after the show.
Some of the funds had been spirited away to other accounts. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The Troisgros kitchen combines the experimental exactitude of a laboratory with the creative spirit of an artist’s studio and the tensely expectant energy of the wings of a theatre, and Wiseman is alive to it all.—Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 Trending Hodges: Remember, the ‘Pepsi Generation’ was a 20-year marketing campaign targeting the younger generation, emphasizing youthfulness, vitality, and the spirit of the times.—Steve Simoncic, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 Jane Alexander plays Carol, trying to bolster her children’s spirits in an idyllic Bay Area suburb in the wake of an atomic strike.—Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 On a more serious note, the president addressed the spirit of the Thanksgiving, and made reference to the recent death of former first lady Rosalynn Carter.—Molly Nagle, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Getting beers and spirits to restaurants, bars and any place with a liquor license in San Diego County requires a round-the-clock operation with dedicated workers.—Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Something about the spirit of the franchise had traction, spawning midnight screenings and reissued soundtracks.—Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Those are then macerated in a neutral cane spirit for six months to create the core Ancho Reyes expression.—Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2023 The musicians are joining forces with their food brands to get in the holiday spirit with a social campaign starting Nov. 9 and PEOPLE has the exclusive first-look.—Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023
The Israeli government says 199 captives were spirited across the border into Gaza as hostages.—Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The session dragged on for 10 hours and was, at times, spirited.—Mike Damiano, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2023 With one of our zero-proof Thanksgiving drinks, Turkey Day can be spirited without the spirits.—Hallie Milstein, Southern Living, 20 Sep. 2023 Plucked from a junior choir in Alabama and spirited back to Georgia, Lutiebelle is the key to Purlie’s whole enterprise.—Sara Holdren, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2023 Review: ‘Hamilton’ opens back in Chicago, as spirited and moving as ever
First-timers got special buttons when Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the Founding Fathers opened back in the Loop Thursday night.—Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Smith, the Patriots’ backbone at center back, made a spirited run forward with the ball that went for naught.—Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 The drunker and more spirited the fans the better as far as he is concerned.—Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 The pilot’s family, meanwhile, had reportedly been quietly spirited away to Ukraine in advance of the defection, and would soon be reunited with the defector.—Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, espirit, spirit, from Latin spiritus, literally, breath, from spirare to blow, breathe