spiritism

Definitions

  • A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
    A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spiritism concern with things of the spirit
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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
    • n Spiritism Spiritualsm.
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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
    • n spiritism Same as spiritualism, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians believed that onions would keep evil spirits away
    • Spiritism =Spiritualism
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.”
  • E. V. Cooke
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    “Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
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    “The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom -- these are the pillars of society.”
  • 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
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    “The sword conquered for a while, but the spirit conquers for ever!”
  • Bible
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    “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:

These irradiations are from the Spirit's illumination; 'tis the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that hath made day-light in the darkened soul.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
He has kept a cheerful spirit up to the present hour, and is highly esteemed by his brethren.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
Where His voice comes His Spirit breathes.
"Quiet Talks on Service" by S. D. Gordon
They go together to the spirit town, in the ground, and secure her spirit which is kept in a green bamboo cup.
"Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore" by Fay-Cooper Cole
His real conflicts are of the spirit sort; in the spirit realm, with other spirit beings.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
The divine Witness in our spirits is subject to the ordinary influences which affect our spirits.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
The spirit of the Lord filleth the world: therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
The whole social system rests upon it: body, mind and spirit are concerned in it.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
Ay, but the stubborn spirit first doth fall.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Without matter there is no spirit, but matter makes spirit suffer by limiting it.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
The gods are pure spirit, and spirit is everything.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
He was a strong medium of spirits of the so called Republican Party.
"Secret Enemies of True Republicanism" by Andrew B. Smolnikar
Wine I seldom taste when alone, and use instead a little spirits and water.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
It isn't no evil spirit that is in Gretchen's violin; it's an angel.
"The Log School-House on the Columbia" by Hezekiah Butterworth
A spirit unclean and raging, the spirit of sour desires, bubbling painfully within.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Tell liked Lettie, and it rasped my spirit to be made the object of her preference and his jealousy.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
His spirit was hurt and torn.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
But the spirit of the war seemed to have become the spirit of my fortune.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
Others have applied to philosophy for the spirit which should give fruit to their labours.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
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In poetry:

"And through another atmosphere,
My spirit seemed to gaze
For never more wore life to me
The hues of other days.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
In you, O Son of Mary,
dwells the spirit of the mother.
May it dwell within us, too,
and lead us to our brothers.
"Jesus" by Eberhard Arnold
My spirit in this happy air
Can thus embrace the dying year,
And with it wrap me in a shroud
As bright and clear!
"Autumn" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
With the spirits blest he feeds,—
Leaves us here in gloom;
We can only praise his deeds,
And his corpse entomb.
"Nadowessian Death-Lament" by Friedrich von Schiller
Holy Father, hear my cry;
Holy Savior, bend Thine ear;
Holy Spirit, come Thou nigh;
Father, Savior, Spirit, hear.
"Holy Father, Hear My Cry" by Horatius Bonar
Ah! now I am beloved by him,
And sweet it is, to think,
That life no more will be so dim,
To make my spirit sink.
"The Lady's Soliloquy" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

At least one local business is tapping into the Christmas spirit to boost sales numbers.
Services for Marilyn Braunschweig , 74, of East Lake Okoboji will be held at 10:30 am, today, Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church of Spirit Lake.
Interment will take place at Lakeview Gardens Cemetery of Spirit Lake.
This ground-eye view of the invasion of Mars shows the rover Spirit reaching out to inspect a rock called Breadbox in a region of the planet known as Columbia Hills.
It was taken on June 30, Earth time, or 175 Martian days after Spirit landed.
Delta Spirit Hit SXSW at Breakneck Pace.
Delta Spirit performs during SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Breckenridge Distillery helps host spirit-makers from around the region for an awesome tasting at Breck 's Riverwalk Center.
Breckenridge Still on the Hill Craft Spirits Breckenrdige Distillery helps host spirit makers from around the region for an awesome tasting at Brecks Riverwalk Center.
O'Farrill also spoke movingly of how working with Bebo had reminded him of the spirit and energy of his late father, Chico O'Farrill.
A big thanks to Holy Spirit School for also helping out.
The spirit of Christmas is starting to fill the air as Office for the Aging staff prepare for the annual Holiday Bags for Solitary Seniors project.
Holy Spirit's Flame Burns Brightly Within Former Firefighter.
In "Jesus Camp," kids tear up and collapse after experiencing what Pentecostals believe is contact with the Holy Spirit.
Even still it looks like many of us aren't feeling the Christmas spirit.
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In science:

Second, in the spirit of Parisi and Talagrand , we show that the directing measure, as a measure on H, must be singular whenever they are satisfied.
A Remark on the Infinite-Volume Gibbs Measures of Spin Glasses
The recursive definition of the complexes J n (G), approximating the limit space of G is a simple pasting rule, which has a nice interpretation in the spirit of Hubbard trees.
Combinatorial models of expanding dynamical systems
Finally let us mention an easy general result on definable splitting, which we do not really use, but nevertheless is in the spirit of the other results.
On central extensions and definably compact groups in o-minimal structures
Gallager also made a symmetry assumption in the same spirit.
On the statistical physics of directed polymers in a random medium and their relation to tree codes
This assumption is in the spirit of the above mentioned assumption by Gallager, though it is somewhat different.
On the statistical physics of directed polymers in a random medium and their relation to tree codes
The embedding of the D5 brane is described by a scalar that is charged under this U(1) symmetry so one naively expects to trigger superconductivity in the spirit described in - but here we would have an explicit understanding of the UV degrees of freedom the scalar describes.
Chemical Potential in the Gravity Dual of a 2+1 Dimensional System
The RLPM is a model very much in the spirit of lattice percolation, except that it naturally allows for particle motion as well as particle connectivity, and is therefore suitable for the study of continuum elasticity and other issues associated with the (thermal or deformational) motion of the constituent entities.
Soft random solids and their heterogeneous elasticity
This is similar in spirit to halo and subhalo matching models that try to connect the observed properties of galaxies to the dark matter halos and sub-halos from N-body simulations (e.g.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
We propose a coregionalization model for the bivariate Gaussian process realization in the spirit of Gelfand et al. (2004).
Interpreting self-organizing maps through space--time data models
Does it lift your spirits? I have tried this.
On Why and What of Randomness
The nearest in spirit to our analysis is the approach of .
Relative convergence estimates for the spectral asymptotic in the Large Coupling Limit
As it is itself a tree, the MST on such a graph would be simply the whole graph, so attention to the definition of boundary conditions in the spirit of [8, 9] is essential in producing nontrivial behavior.
Theory of minimum spanning trees I: Mean-field theory and strongly disordered spin-glass model
This has the advantage of being closer in spirit to C.
Continuous first order logic for unbounded metric structures
So this common spirit helps us very little, if any.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
This proof is very much in the spirit of ; in fact, many of the results used there for symmetric matrices can be used here for anti-symmetric ones, with very minor modifications.
Tridiagonal realization of the anti-symmetric Gaussian $\beta$-ensemble
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