Dictionary » S » Spirits



1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself. All of spirit would deprive. The mild air, with season moderate, Gently attempered, and disposed eo well, That still it breathed foorth sweet spirit. (Spenser)

2. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing. Be it a letter or spirit, we have great use for it. (B. Jonson)

3. Life, or living substance, considered independently of corporeal existence; an intelligence conceived of apart from any physical organization or embodiment; vital essence, force, or energy, as distinct from matter.

4. The intelligent, immaterial and immortal part of man; the soul, in distinction from the body in which it resides; the agent or subject of vital and spiritual functions, whether spiritual or material. There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. (job xxxii. 8) As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James II. 26) Spirit is a substance wherein thinking, knowing, doubting, and a power of moving, do subsist. (locke)

5. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto god who gave it. (Eccl. Xii. 7) Ye gentle spirits 1000

far away, With whom we shared the cup of grace. (Keble)

6. Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an elf. Whilst young, preserve his tender mind from all impressions of spirits and goblins in the dark. (locke)

7. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc. 'Write it then, quickly, replied bede; and summoning all his spirits together, like the last blaze of a candle going out, he indited it, and expired. (Fuller)

8. One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper; as, a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit. Such spirits as he desired to please, such would I choose for my judges. (Dryden)

9. Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or disposition; intellectual or moral state; often in the plural; as, to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be downhearted, or in bad spirits. God has . . . Made a spirit of building succeed a spirit of pulling down. (south) A perfect judge will read each work of wit With the same spirit that its author writ. (pope)

10. Intent; real meaning; opposed to the letter, or to formal statement; also, characteristic quality, especially such as is derived from the individual genius or the personal character; as, the spirit of an enterprise, of a document, or the like.

11. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities. All bodies have spirits . . . Within them. (bacon)

12. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine (it having been first distilled from wine): oft f5e en in the plural.

13. Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors.

14. (Science: medicine) A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture.

15. (Science: chemistry) Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic (or, according to some, orpiment). The four spirits and the bodies seven. (Chaucer)

16. Stannic chloride. See Stannic.

Spirit is sometimes joined with other words, forming compounds, generally of obvious signification; as, spirit-moving, spirit-searching, spirit-stirring, etc. Astral spirits, Familiar spirits, etc. See Astral, Familiar, etc. Animal spirits.

(Science: medicine) alcohol; so called because formerly obtained by the distillation of wine. Spirit rapper, one who practices spirit rapping; a medium so called. Spirit rapping, an alleged form of communication with the spirits of the dead by raps. See spiritualism. Sweet spirit of niter. See Spirit of nitrous ether, above.

Synonym: life, ardor, energy, fire, courage, animatioon, cheerfulness, vivacity, enterprise.

Origin: OF. Espirit, esperit, F. Esprit, L. Spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. Conspire, Expire, Esprit, Sprite.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

A biological way to indirectly proof that God exists? No BS

... Oakfords near death experience, his "spiritual guide" says to him and i quote "He told me that there is much to this planet that spirits can see which humans do not see with their eyes because their vibrations are so low. He showed me life in the trees that I could see as a spirit ...

See entire post
by Darketernal
Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A biological way to indirectly proof that God exists? No BS
Replies: 10
Views: 5619

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

scottie said You did however lift my spirits with some attempted scientific dialog but sadly then dumped me again with reverting back to your deity monolog. :-D :-D I would recommend you read this paper ( peer reviewed of course ) in the NIH ...

See entire post
by JackBean
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 559
Views: 762479

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... to be acerbic instead. Oh well some like to wallow in bitterness and others enjoy the beauty of life. It takes all sorts. You did however lift my spirits with some attempted scientific dialog but sadly then dumped me again with reverting back to your deity monolog. Still I suppose we are at least ...

See entire post
by scottie
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 559
Views: 762479

evolution debate

... them too... God on the other hand is explanation on how these rules are made.... how do u distinguish between natural and supernatural???? if spirits are supernatural how then have we developed occult science???? do spirits have logical scientific explanation???? there are many things that ...

See entire post
by bitsian003
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: evolution debate
Replies: 63
Views: 37685

My brain combines reality and fantasy into one realm...

... taken with arthritis and was forced to retire from my passion of being a hairdresser. I am an empath and feel others emotions. I also have seen spirits (ghost) from time to time. Mentally in many ways I am very bright, but my mind also lives in a fog of fantasy. I have two main mental personalities; ...

See entire post
by Candy829
Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: My brain combines reality and fantasy into one realm...
Replies: 3
Views: 2876
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 3,314 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link