spir·​i·​tu·​ous | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wəs How to pronounce spirituous (audio) , -ich-wəs\

Definition of spirituous

: containing or impregnated with alcohol obtained by distillation spirituous liquors

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That flavor profile — dark, spirituous, bitter — is recurring, but several entries are more lighthearted. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Guerneville’s El Barrio a mescal oasis along the Russian River," 14 Feb. 2018 In the desert, spirituous liquors excite only disgust. Henry David Thoreau, The Atlantic, "The Swamp Lover," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of spirituous

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spirituous

probably from French spiritueux, from Latin spiritus spirit

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spir·​i·​tu·​ous | \ ˈspir-ich-(ə-)wəs How to pronounce spirituous (audio) , -ich-əs How to pronounce spirituous (audio) , ˈspir-ət-əs\

Medical Definition of spirituous

: containing or impregnated with alcohol obtained by distillation

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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