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
Hauser & Wirth — which is led also by Manuela Wirth (Iwan’s wife) and Marc Payot — remains the most self-consciously European in spirit.—Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 This is exactly the spirit in which this movie should be made.—Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Given the decade-hopping spirit of De Sarno’s collection, however, Ronson also wanted to sprinkle in a few more contemporary touches.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2023 The sparse visual for the track — which only features the colors black, white and gray — sees William grappling with his inner-monologue and looking into the mirror to fight off a dark smoke that threatens to overtake his spirit.—Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 20 Sep. 2023 Adapt your spaces to nurture mind, body and spirit.—Nancy Black, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2023 Much like the waters that house her almighty spirit, the titular figure in Zalika Reid-Benta’s River Mumma (Penguin Canada) holds many stories, a host of deities.—Hazlitt, 20 Sep. 2023 What happened next showcased the true spirit of John Carroll girls soccer (2-3).—Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy the beer garden featuring traditional German brews, local beer, wine and spirits.—Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 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 Newgarden survives final nervous caution That spirited ‘Newgarden against the field’ show seemed to be well under control by the No. 2 Chevy until 10 laps to go, with Rosenqvist (who finished fourth) had once shadowed Newgarden by less than half a second early in the final stint in second place.—Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 23 July 2023 In 1965, Ronnie Biggs, a member of the gang that carried out the Great Train Robbery of 1963, scaled the prison’s wall with a rope ladder and was spirited away in a van parked outside.—Mark Landler, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 Loose pucks Some seven weeks after spiriting away Connor Clifton from the Bruins for a three-year/$10 million deal, the Sabres cleared $2.75 million off their back end by shipping Ilya Lyubushkin, 29, to the Ducks for a fourth-round pick in 2025.—Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2023 Launched with a cafe on Northeast Fremont Street in late 2002 and serving sour cream coffee cake and a few specialty drinks familiar to fans of the original Coffee People, Jim & Patty’s Coffee , brought the Coffee People spirit back to life for the chain’s many fans.—Mrussell, oregonlive, 18 July 2023 But a network of friends spirited him onto a boat and raced him up the coast.—Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Basically Beethoven Festival concert, piano quartets by Mozart and Schumann got spirited but subtly inflected performances.—Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 4 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