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spirited

[spir-i-tid] /ˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.:
a spirited defense of poetry.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; spirit + -ed3
Related forms
spiritedly, adverb
spiritedness, noun
nonspirited, adjective
nonspiritedly, adverb
nonspiritedness, noun
quasi-spirited, adjective
quasi-spiritedly, adverb
unspirited, adjective
unspiritedly, adverb
Can be confused
Synonyms
animated, vivacious, ardent, active, energetic, lively, vigorous, courageous, mettlesome.
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British Dictionary definitions for spiritedly

spirited

/ˈspɪrɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
2.
(in combination) characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specified: high-spirited, public-spirited
Derived Forms
spiritedly, adverb
spiritedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spiritedly

spirited

adj.

"lively, energetic," 1590s, from spirit (n.).

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