sprightliness of spirit or wit; lively intelligence.

1585–95; < French < Latin spīritus spirit Unabridged
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esprit (ɛˈspriː)
spirit and liveliness, esp in wit
[C16: from French, from Latin spīritus a breathing, spirit1]

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Word Origin & History

1591, from M.Fr. esprit "spirit, mind," from O.Fr. espirit, from L. spiritus "spirit." Esprit de corps first recorded 1780. Fr. also has the excellent phrase esprit de l'escalier, lit. "spirit of the staircase," defined in OED as, "a retort or remark that occurs to a person after the opportunity to make
it has passed."
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Example sentences
For me that explains the swaggering esprit de corps so often commented on by
  impressed visitors.
He certainly feels no less esprit de corps because of it.
He made a point of extolling the new chief for restoring the esprit de corps.
The film wholly missed fashion's sincerity and esprit de corps.
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