spirit - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] your attitude to life or to other people

    Compassion is only one aspect of the human spirit.

    1. a.
      [singular] the attitude of people in a group

      a spirit of cooperation

      You become aware of a powerful community spirit.

  2. 2


    [plural] your mood, or your attitude

    She tried singing to keep her spirits up.

    lift/raise someone’s spirits:

    The bad weather did nothing to lift her spirits.

    high/good spirits:

    Dad’s in high spirits today, isn’t he?

  3. 3
    [uncountable] an enthusiastic or determined attitude

    She was admired for her spirit and passion.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the general or real meaning of something

    Each country should honour the spirit of the treaty.

    the spirit behind the words the author has written

    See also letter
  5. 5
    [countable] the part of a person that many people believe continues to exist after death

    His spirit will always be with us.

    1. a.
      a dead person who comes back into the world
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  6. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] a strong alcoholic drink such as whisky or brandy