|1.||the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things|
|2.||temperament or disposition: truculent in spirit|
|3.||liveliness; mettle: they set to it with spirit|
|4.||the fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will: the experience broke his spirit|
|5.||a sense of loyalty or dedication: team spirit|
|6.||the prevailing element; feeling: a spirit of joy pervaded the atmosphere|
|7.||state of mind or mood; attitude: he did it in the wrong spirit|
|8.||(plural) an emotional state, esp with regard to exaltation or dejection: in high spirits|
|9.||a person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition: a leading spirit of the movement|
|10.||the deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation: the spirit of the law|
|11.||that which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence: I shall be with you in spirit|
|12.||a. an incorporeal being, esp the soul of a dead person|
|b. (as modifier): spirit world|
|—vb (usually foll by away |
|13.||to carry off mysteriously or secretly|
|[C13: from Old French esperit, from Latin spīritus breath, spirit; related to spīrāre to breathe]|
|1.||(often plural) any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin|
|a. an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp one obtained by distillation|
|b. the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp by distillation|
|a. a solution of a volatile substance, esp a volatile oil, in alcohol|
|b. (as modifier): a spirit burner|
|4.||alchemy any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic|
|[C14: special use of |
|1.||a. another name for the Holy Spirit|
|b. God, esp when regarded as transcending material limitations|
|2.||the influence of God or divine things upon the soul|
|3.||Christian Science God or divine substance|
spirit spir·it (spĭr'ĭt)
spirits An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.
spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.
A liquid that has been distilled.
(Heb. ruah; Gr. pneuma), properly wind or breath. In 2 Thess. 2:8 it means "breath," and in Eccl. 8:8 the vital principle in man. It also denotes the rational, immortal soul by which man is distinguished (Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 5:5; 6:20; 7:34), and the soul in its separate state (Heb. 12:23), and hence also an apparition (Job 4:15; Luke 24:37, 39), an angel (Heb. 1:14), and a demon (Luke 4:36; 10:20). This word is used also metaphorically as denoting a tendency (Zech. 12:10; Luke 13:11). In Rom. 1:4, 1 Tim. 3:16, 2 Cor. 3:17, 1 Pet. 3:18, it designates the divine nature.