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spirit

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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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frame of mind

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 store selling spirits
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courage, mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. 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


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