spirited

Definitions

  • A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
    A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spirited made lively or spirited "a meal enlivened by the music","a spirited debate"
    • adj spirited willing to face danger
    • adj spirited marked by lively action "a bouncing gait","bouncy tunes","the peppy and interesting talk","a spirited dance"
    • adj spirited displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Methylated Spirit Burner Methylated Spirit Burner
Aeneas is visited by the spirit of his wife Aeneas is visited by the spirit of his wife
The Fire Spirit The Fire Spirit

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Native Indians have been known to paint their doors blue, which they believe keeps the bad spirits out
    • Spirited Animated or possessed by a spirit. "So talked the spirited , sly snake."
    • Spirited Animated; full of life or vigor; lively; full of spirit or fire; as, a spirited oration; a spirited answer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1978, the World Water Speed record was made by Ken Warby from Australia. His average speed was 317.6 mph, and his jet-powered hydroplane was 27 feet long called "Spirit of Australia." Warby built the boat himself in his back yard
    • spirited Animated; full of life; lively; full of spirit or fire.
    • spirited Having a spirit of a certain character: used in composition, as in high-spirited, low-spirited, mean-spirited.
    • spirited Possessed by a spirit.
    • spirited Synonyms Spiritual, etc. (see spirituous); ardent, high-mettled, high-spirited. See also animation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians believed that onions would keep evil spirits away
    • adj Spirited full of spirit, life, or fire: animated
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Quotations

  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Loneliness breaks the spirit.”
  • Schillerbuch
    Schillerbuch
    “It is from prayer that the spirit's victory springs.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
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    “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.”
  • Sholem Asch
    Sholem Asch
    “The sword conquered for a while, but the spirit conquers for ever!”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Not by might, or power, but by my spirit, says the Lord.”

Idioms

Dunkirk spirit - (UK) Dunkirk spirit is when people pull together to get through a very difficult time.
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In high spirits - If someone is in high spirits, they are in a very good mood or feeling confident about something.
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Kindred spirit - A kindred spirit is someone who feels and thinks the way you do.
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Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak - If the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, someone lacks the willpower to change things they do because they derive too much pleasure from them.
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Spirit of the law - The spirit of the law is the idea or ideas that the people who made the law wanted to have effect.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spiritus, a breath—spirāre, to breathe.

Usage

In literature:

Heroes and heroines, giants and dwarfs, spirits, Monetos or local gods, demons, and deities pass in review.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The tired spirit translated the homely English country, so deeply reposeful in its spirit, into an image of dull unrest.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The spirits, therefore, of those opposed to them seemed to be considerably damped by their continued success.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Strong in me was the spirit of the gypsy.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
When the Evil Spirit saw the Spirit of Good coming, he began to grow in stature, and continued swelling until he was as tall and big as he.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
When the Iroquois pick fruit, they give thanks to the Great Spirit.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
Oh, pray for the Spirit of God, for there is no other way of walking to heaven but by the Spirit.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
At the end of seven days he came back to the lodge, pale and thin, looking like a spirit himself, and as if he had seen spirits.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
And so our great Spirit-guide puts our spirits to school, and more deeply sanctifies them, that in holiness we may have discernment.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
God is a spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
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In poetry:

My spirit longs for thee
Within my troubled breast
Though I unworthy be
Of so divine a guest:
"My Spirit Longs for Thee" by John Byrom
The sea is like lead
The harbor lies dead,
As a corse on the sea-shore,
Whose spirit has fled!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Light in the eyes again,
Strength in the hand,
A spirit dares, dies, forgives
And can understand.
"The Approach" by Robert Nichols
O make me wholly Thine!
Thy love to me impart,
And let Thy holy spirit shine
For ever on my heart!
"Confidence" by Anne Bronte
Light in the eyes again,
Strength in the hand,
A spirit dares, dies, forgives,
And can understand!
"The Day's March" by Robert Nichols
Father, wake thy little child;
Give me bread and wine
Till my spirit undefiled
Rise and live in thine.
"Hymn For A Sick Girl" by George MacDonald

In news:

Fiat is tapping into the American immigrant spirit with its new 500 commercial.
Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc, the country's largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer, announces the newest addition to the Evan Williams Bourbon family—Evan Williams Apple Orchard Seasonal Liqueur.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-Whether taken internally or used fragrantly, spices and herbal fragrances can boost spirits and health during the holidays.
He's the spirit of the Texas defense.
Last February when I wrote about the growing crop of local distilleries , who knew we'd be celebrating a movement a little over year and a half later with Craft Spirit Week, which hits its peak tonight at the Independent Spirits Expo.
There's the Christmas Spirit, and "holiday spirits".
It was an atmosphere filled with spirited archers and bowhunters, in addition to the unmistakable spirits of archers and bowhunters from the past.
Where the Spirit of Rock-and-Roll Meets the Spirit of Sound.
Scottish Spirits Imports is launching a collection of canned distilled spirits under the " Genie the Spirit in a Can" brand.
SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Spirit traded goaltender Clint Windsor to the Mississauga Steelheads Thursday, leaving the Spirit with two goaltenders .
'They can take my body but not my spirit, because I have given my spirit to God…the struggle for justice doesn't end with me'.
Consumers stockpiled spirits in May, leading to a Junes sales slump, but in the months since private liquor sales started, spirit sales rebounded, state revenue officials reported Tuesday.
View full size Jon Garcia The Saginaw News Saginaw Spirit veteran Eric Locke exchanges punches with Sudbury's Brody Silk during the Spirit's home opener Thursday.
For the pageant 's Festival Spirit portion, Hensley was required to design and create a customized tee-shirt that represents the unique essence, spirit and character of the Tree City Fall Festival.
For those who park on the street during the holidays, parking tickets can transform the spirit of giving into the spirit of the Grinch in a moment.
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In science:

There are also various types of extensions of Calogero–Sutherland models that could be explored in this spirit.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The proof is computationally more involved but similar in spirit to that of Lemma 3.2.
The empirical eigenvalue distribution of a Gram matrix: From independence to stationarity
A nice thing about the current method is that the proofs involving in these ingredients are quite robust, at least in spirit.
Central limit theorems for random polytopes in a smooth convex set
The proof is based on a repeated application of Corollary 3, very much in the spirit of the proof of Theorem 14.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables
We use it here as it is somewhat closer in spirit to the notion of pseudo-randomness).
Pseudo-random graphs
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