having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, liveliness, etc.: a spirited defense of poetry.

1590–1600; spirit + -ed3

spiritedly, adverb
spiritedness, noun
nonspirited, adjective
nonspiritedly, adverb
nonspiritedness, noun
quasi-spirited, adjective
quasi-spiritedly, adverb
unspirited, adjective
unspiritedly, adverb

spirited, spiritual, spiritualistic.

animated, vivacious, ardent, active, energetic, lively, vigorous, courageous, mettlesome.
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spirited (ˈspɪrɪtɪd)
1.  displaying animation, vigour, or liveliness
2.  (in combination) characterized by mood, temper, or disposition as specified: high-spirited; public-spirited

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c.1250, "animating or vital principle in man and animals," from O.Fr. espirit, from L. spiritus "soul, courage, vigor, breath," related to spirare "to breathe," from PIE *(s)peis- "to blow" (cf. O.C.S. pisto "to play on the flute"). Original usage in Eng. mainly from passages in Vulgate, where the L.
word translates Gk. pneuma and Heb. ruah. Distinction between "soul" and "spirit" (as "seat of emotions") became current in Christian terminology (e.g. Gk. psykhe vs. pneuma, L. anima vs. spiritus) but "is without significance for earlier periods" [Buck]. L. spiritus, usually in classical L. "breath," replaces animus in the sense "spirit" in the imperial period and appears in Christian writings as the usual equivalent of Gk. pneuma. Meaning "supernatural being" is attested from c.1300 (see ghost); that of "essential principle of something" (in a non-theological sense, e.g. Spirit of St. Louis) is attested from 1690, common after 1800. Plural form spirits "volatile substance" is an alchemical idea, first attested 1610; sense narrowed to "strong alcoholic liquor" by 1678. This also is the sense in spirit level (1768).

1599, "to make more active or energetic" (of blood, alcohol, etc.), from spirit (n.). The verb meaning "carry off or away secretly (as though by supernatural agency)" is first recorded 1666. Spirited "lively, energetic" is from 1599.
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spirit spir·it (spĭr'ĭt)

  1. spirits An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.

  2. spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.

  3. A liquid that has been distilled.

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