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1 an immaterial force within a human being thought to give the body life, energy, and power
  • the theological and philosophical belief that the spirit is superior to the body

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2 a state of mind dominated by a particular emotion
  • had been in a combative spirit all week

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3 the soul of a dead person thought of especially as appearing to living people
  • Hamlet's late father appears to him in the form of a spirit and with the revelation that he was in fact murdered

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4 spirits plural a distilled beverage that can make a person drunk
  • a hotel bar that's well stocked with spirits

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  • nonintoxicant



Synonyms & Antonyms of spirit (Entry 2 of 2)

as in snatch, abscond (with)

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How is the word spirit distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of spirit are courage, mettle, resolution, and tenacity. While all these words mean "mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship," 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

When might courage be a better fit than spirit?

While the synonyms courage and spirit are close in meaning, courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.

the courage to support unpopular causes

When could mettle be used to replace spirit?

The words mettle and spirit can be used in similar contexts, but mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.

a challenge that will test your mettle

In what contexts can resolution take the place of spirit?

Although the words resolution and spirit have much in common, resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends.

the resolution of pioneer women

How are the words tenacity and resolution related as synonyms of spirit?

Tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat.

held to their beliefs with great tenacity

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The first known use of spirit was in the 14th century

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“Spirit.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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