Synonyms of spirit in English:



  • 1 we seek a harmony between body and spirit
    soul, psyche, inner self, inner being, essential being; Philosophypneuma; Psychologyanima, ego, id; in ancient Egyptka; Hinduismatman
    [Antonyms] body flesh
  • 2 the spirit of nature their spirit lives on
    life force, animating principle, vital spark, breath of life; Frenchélan vital
  • 3 local people say that his spirit walks among the hills
    ghost, phantom, spectre, apparition, wraith, shadow, presence; Scottish & Irishbodach; GermanDoppelgänger; West Indianduppy
    informal spook
    rare eidolon, manes
  • 4 this thought dampened even my optimistic spirit
  • 5 she's got the right spirit
    attitude, frame of mind, way of thinking, way of looking at it, state of mind, point of view, outlook, thoughts, ideas
  • 6 the spirit of the team is high
  • 7 the spirit of the nineteenth century
    ethos, prevailing tendency, motivating force, animating principle, dominating characteristic, essence, quintessence; atmosphere, mood, feeling, temper, tenor, climate; attitudes, beliefs, principles, standards, ethics
  • 8 though he was in considerable discomfort, his spirit never failed him
    courage, bravery, courageousness, braveness, pluck, pluckiness, valour, strength of character, fortitude, backbone, spine, mettle, stout-heartedness, determination, firmness of purpose, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, fight, gameness
    informal guts, grit, spunk
    British informal bottle
    North American informal sand, moxie
  • 9 they played with great spirit she was full of spirit and raring to go
  • 10 we must be seen to keep to the spirit of the law as well as the letter
    real/true meaning, true intention, essence, substance
  • verb

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    spirit someone/something away

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