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

Examples of spirituous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Retail and wholesale sales of high-proof, spirituous liquor were at $119.7 million for April, down from more than $130 million in March. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ohio liquor sales down for April after big bump in March," 12 May 2020 What harm could such a diminutive, charming quantity of spirituous liquid possibly wreak on an otherwise-subdued evening? Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "I’m Too Old For Shots But Not “Thimbles” of Liquor," 14 Jan. 2020 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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The first known use of spirituous was in 1662

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“Spirituous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirituous. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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