spiritous

adjective
spir·​it·​ous | \ ˈspir-ə-təs How to pronounce spiritous (audio) \

Definition of spiritous

1 archaic : pure, refined

Examples of spiritous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the maple hammer, this menu’s dark-bitter-spiritous entry, is rich in flavor, with the deep notes of maple and walnut trailing the finish. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spiritous

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of spiritous was in 1684

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“Spiritous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritous. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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