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geist

noun

spirit, spirituality; also, intellectual inclination, intelligence

Word Origin

Greek

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  • As for purely domestic concerns, geist was so excellent a manager that his master trusted him without reserve.

    Mr. Fortescue William Westall
  • So the good woman had said, showing her lack of geist—her Philistinism.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The world of thought, though sometimes described as Spirit or 'geist,' is really impersonal.

    Sophist Plato
  • For all your mariolatry, you were full of "der geist der stets verneint."

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • Nur der ist wahrhaft arm, der weder geist noch Kraft hat—Only he is truly poor who is without soul and without faculty.

  • He calls them brothers but they answer in effect: 'Du gleich'st dem geist den du begreif'st, nicht mir.'

  • Du gleichst, the Earth-Spirit cries to him,—du gleichst dem geist den du begreifst, nicht mir.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • His school was inspired by the geist der stets verneint, and the term Skeptic was first devised to describe its attitude.

Word Origin and History for geist
n.

"spirit" of a place or time; "spirituality, intellectuality," 1871, from German Geist (see ghost).

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