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100 Spiritual Words & Meanings You Need To Know [List]

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Active Meditation: Active meditation, as the name implies, is all about meditating while  being physically active, such as by doing meditative dancing. Active meditations (sometimes called “Dynamic Meditations”) involve walking, dance and other exercises.

Akasha: Akasha (or space or ether) is one of the world’s natural elements from which all is made. It is the most basic of all elements and is also the source of the other elements. Through vibrations, akasha interacts with other elements.

Anapanasati: Anapansati is a breathing meditation and is one of the most important and oldest meditation types.

ANTARATMA: The inner self, which is positioned inside the heart.

Apana Vayu : This is one of the pranas in the body, of which there are five. The pranas are energies. Apana Vayu is situated in the rectum area and flows downwards. It is instrumental in discarding that which is unneeded.

Astral Body:   The Vedas state that there are three bodies: physical, astral and causal. The astral body takes the same image as the physical body but is formed of finer matter. This is the link between cosmic energy and the nervous system.

Aura: The aura is the energy field which resides in all living beings. Some are born with the ability to perceive auras. When seen, auras appear as colours that reveal an individual’s spiritual and emotional personality.

Avatar: An avatar is a person who had been born as a god and therefore is not in need of spiritual training.

Bandha: A closure or obstruction. In yoga, Bandhas are a combination of muscle contractions. These function as a way of changing blood circulation, nerve pressure and spinal fluid. Bandhas flow psychic energy into energy channels in the body.  They are important in self-healing.

Bandhan: This is a specific technique which is performed at the conclusion of meditation practice.

Bhakti: Bhakti yoga / Bhakti meditation is a type of meditation that involves focusing on an object of worship (usually a god or deity). Bhakti brings the practitioner closer to the object of meditation.

Bhramari: A Pranayam. The technique is performed by filling the lungs on inhalation then closing the eyes with the middle fingers and ears with the thumbs.  The index fingers then press on the forehead and the remaining fingers push on the eyes and bridge of the nose. While doing this, focus on the Ajna Chakra (between eyebrows). Then hum while exhaling. This relaxes the mind and helps with hypertension and blood pressure.

Bodhisattva: In Buddhism, an enlightened being who no longer needs to be reincarnated and therefore helps others to achieve enlightenment.

Body Scan:  A type of meditation in which the practitioner passes their mental focus around their body. This practice heightens the mind-body connection and relaxes both body and mind.

Brahmachaya: This is the combination of the terms “Brahma’ (higher awareness) and acharya (to live in). Therefore, this refers to living with higher awareness. It also means control over sexual interaction.

Buddhi:  Inner wisdom or intellect.

Catch: An occurrence caused by the inefficient functioning of a chakra which prevents Kundalini energy from flowing.

Chakra: There are seven chakras in the body and they are energy centres.  They are located in the crown of the forehead, between eyebrows, in the neck, heart, navel, genitals and rectum. They are linked to different mental states and colours. The word derives from “Chakra” which, translated from Sanskrit, means “Wheel.”

Chi: The universal lifeforce that forms the basis of traditional Eastern medicine and Taoist principles. [READ: Chi Meditation ]

Dhyana: The Sanskrit word for meditation.

Dualism: Refers to two distinct irreducible principles. These could be ideas and matter, mind and matter. There are various understandings in philosophy and theology.

Ego: The cause of suffering, the delusional idea of the self as a separate entity.

Enlightenment: Awakening /becoming enlightened to ultimate truth (in Buddhism). Or, in Hinduism, the state of divine experience which is represented by the god Vishnu. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. Perhaps the most famous example is the Buddha, who achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

Feng Shui: Ancient Chinese spiritual art form which integrates spirituality into decoration and environment.

Guru: A spiritual master.

Huna:  Hawaiian spiritual practiced focused on the idea of cultivating the life force [READ: Huna Meditation Technique ]

Uda and Pingla Nadis: Two of the three channels located in the spine which refer to the two brain hemispheres. Pingala is active (extroverted) and relates to the left part of the brain and the right side of the body. Ida is introverted and relates to the right side of the brain and the left part of the body.

Jalandhara Bhanda: The “Neck Lock.” A Bandha. This is a technique practiced by contracting the neck and throat.

Japa: The recitation of a god’s name in devotion. May be done aloud or silently. This technique is seen in different forms in all major world religions.

Karma: In Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism, Karma is the idea that this life is the result of mental and physical actions in previous lives. In the modern day it is often used to mean that good or bad actions in the past have led to certain consequences. Read our guide to bad karma VS good karma for more on this,

Kapalabhati: A form of pranayama and a shattkama, a purification in Hatha yoga. Also called Breath Of Fire.

Kinemantra:  A type of meditation in which a personal mantra is recited. A mantra is a spiritual word, term, or phrase used for meditation.

Kundalini: Derived from Sanskrit to mean “Coiled.” Refers to the psychic energy in our being that is dormant at the base of the spine and which may be activated through specific practices.

Laya Yoga: The spiritual term “Laya” means dissolution. Laya Yoga involves liberation and finding the “Absolute.” Related to Hindu cosmology.

Lotus Position: Sitting position with the legs crossed, originating in Hinduism and used extensively in meditation.

Manas:  In Buddhism, manas are the “general thinking faculty”.

Mana-Vijnana: the seventh of the eight consciousnesses as taught in Yogacara and Zen Buddhism.

Mandala: A mandala is a diagram that is used in various meditation techniques, principally in Tibetan Buddhism.

Mantra:  Spiritual words or sounds used in meditation and devotion. Principally used in Hinduism and Buddhism. Also a non – spiritual word meaning “affirmation”.

Maum:  Korean movement founded by South Korean Woo Myung. The principle practice is Maum Meditation . Followers believe Maum helps them escape from the False World. Many believe Maum is a cult.

 Meditation: The action or practice of meditating. A core technique in Buddhism and Hindusm, and a general health practice.

Merkaba:  A divine light vehicle refereed in numerous religions and especially Judaism. Used by the masters for ascension.

Merkaba Meditation: A meditation technique. Markaba is said to allow the practitioner to achieve “Ascension” to the fourth dimension, thereby freeing them from the three-dimensional limitations in which we live.

Medium:  The practice of being the communication point between a deceased person (or animal) and a living being. Many consider the practice to be fraudulent. [READ: How To Find A Psychic Medium]

Mettabhavana: Meditation practice that leads to the production of loving kindness.

Mindfulness: A type of meditation originating in Buddhism. The practice of being consciouslt aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental fashion. Rapidly growing as a general health practice.

Nadi: A spiritual word derived from Sanskrit and meaning “Stream” or “Channel.” The body contains 72,000 nadis.

Nadi Shodhana: The cleansing of nadis performed through various techniques, including Pranayam.

Namaste: A spiritual word derived from Hinduism. Used to greet someone. Translated, meaning “I see the sacred in you.” Commonly associated with yoga.

Nauli: In Hatha Yoga, a technique in which the innards are slowly rotated, removing laziness and stimulating the healthy working of the internal organs.

Nati-Neti: A mantra that literally means “Not this, not this.” Used to remove conscious rationalisation to achieve the meditative state.

Nirvana: In Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, supreme bliss, liberation from suffering, ignorance, and the cycle of birth and death.

Nirvikalp Samadhi: Supreme consciousness. The cessation of mental activity and attainment of the supreme state. When achieved, oneness is found.

Om: The primordial sound and the root of sounds and letters.

Oneness: The realisation and condition of being in a state of oneness with all reality. Cessation of self.

Passage Meditation: Recitation of passages used in meditation.

Prana: The breath that sustains life. Prana is the essential energy that sustains life. In Yoga, the cosmic life force. Often called ‘Chi.’ Prana enters through the mouth and nose and fills the body, sustaining life.

Prana Vayu: “Forward moving air.” Refers to the air that sets things in motions and which creates the basic energy on which life is sustained.

Pranayama: Techniques that use prana.

Pratyahara:  From Ashtanga Yoga, Pratyahara is “withdrawal from the senses”.

Samadhi:  “To place together.” The real purpose of yoga is absorption, achieved through postures and techniques. In meditation, Samadhi is reached when the individual achieves oneness with the object of meditation.

Samana Vayu: “Balancing Air.”

Samatha: A type of Buddhist meditation which focuses the mind and improves concentration. Used as an entry point to Vipassana meditation.

Sandhya: In Sanskrit “To join together.” Usually refers to sunrise or sunset, when day and night are joined. This is considered the best time for prayer and meditation.

Shitkari: A pranayam technique. Performed with the tongue sticking out between the lips then drawing air in through the mouth while hissing, then exhaling through the nose. Said to help with fatigue, thirst and hunger .

Shushumna: The great river of the body and the most gracious of all nadis. Runs from the spine to the tip of the head, moving through each chakra. It is the channel through which kundalini energy is moved.

Spiritual:  Read our definition of spirituality.

Subtle Body: One of the four bodies.

Swara Yoga: A practice which uses alternation of breath. In Yoga, it is related to the sound of the breath and utilizes specific techniques for the creation and flow of prana.

Tandra: Higher consciousness between sleeping and waking.

Tantra: A spiritual science now more than 7000 years old. Wrongly associated with sexual practices. Tanta uses specific techniques to expand the mind and to achieve liberation.

Taoism: Chinese religion and philosophy derived from the Tao Te Ching, a book ascribed to Lao Tzu though believed to have been written prior to his birth.

Third Eye: One of the chakras activated by meditation. Activation of the third eye chakra leads to improved vision.

Trataka: Yogic gazing. In this technique the gaze is fixed on a specific object. The eyes are then closed and the object visualised. Said to be helpful for curing eye disorders and improving concentration.

Trimurty: The trinity of the three gods of Hinduism—Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Udana Vayu: “upward moving air.”

Udiyan Bandh: Diaphragm lock in which the muscles in the diaphragm are pulled up, massaging the heart and causing secretion of the thymus.

Ujjayi: Pranayam exercise in which the back of the throat is constricted while breathing in and making an “Ah” sound.

Vayu: Air, which stimulates life and gives birth to the senses.

Veda: Hindu scriptures.

Vipassana: Originating in Buddhism, Vipassana is a type of meditation focused on awareness of thoughts and the process of detaching from mind-constructs.

Vritti: Movement of mind and thought.

Yantra: A visual symbol which is used to help the mind to focus during meditation.

Zazen / Z en:  One of the schools of Mahayana Buddhism which advocates the use of specific techniques for the attainment of enlightenment.

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“Letters are symbols which turn matter into Spirit”..Alphonse de Lamartine…I think he was right. When the mind moves the letters as its own… they are as matter. When the mind moves those same letters as if they are attached to GOD…They are Spirit..and the mind can see His Spirit within them…ie the word the…the is the most common word in the English language.

When the mind moves the letters of this word as attached ,connected with GOD, this word can easily become (t)he..He was as one with the cross! This looks like it is a coincident..but it really is a co-incident within the mind that makes the conversion. The mind will find many spiritual signs in its own words, when it makes this simple conversion.

Here is another simple example..Without GOD.. the word is sin. With GOD ..the mind can open the word like this..SI(G)N.

The English alphabet contains 26 letters…The forever set position of the letters GOD in the alphabet will never change. Their individual positions GOD when totaled is also a co-incident within the mind….26=26… All is one with GOD.

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Spirit Words

Words related to spirit.

Below is a massive list of spirit words - that is, words related to spirit. The top 4 are: soul , ghost , essence and demon . You can get the definition(s) of a word in the list below by tapping the question-mark icon next to it. The words at the top of the list are the ones most associated with spirit, and as you go down the relatedness becomes more slight. By default, the words are sorted by relevance/relatedness, but you can also get the most common spirit terms by using the menu below, and there's also the option to sort the words alphabetically so you can get spirit words starting with a particular letter. You can also filter the word list so it only shows words that are also related to another word of your choosing. So for example, you could enter "soul" and click "filter", and it'd give you words that are related to spirit and soul.

You can highlight the terms by the frequency with which they occur in the written English language using the menu below. The frequency data is extracted from the English Wikipedia corpus, and updated regularly. If you just care about the words' direct semantic similarity to spirit, then there's probably no need for this.

There are already a bunch of websites on the net that help you find synonyms for various words, but only a handful that help you find related , or even loosely associated words. So although you might see some synonyms of spirit in the list below, many of the words below will have other relationships with spirit - you could see a word with the exact opposite meaning in the word list, for example. So it's the sort of list that would be useful for helping you build a spirit vocabulary list, or just a general spirit word list for whatever purpose, but it's not necessarily going to be useful if you're looking for words that mean the same thing as spirit (though it still might be handy for that).

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  • holy spirit
  • thunderbird
  • spiritedness
  • evil spirit
  • consciousness
  • imagination
  • supernatural
  • sprightliness
  • vivification
  • indomitable spirit
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • personality
  • magnanimity
  • spontaneity
  • volunteerism
  • inclusiveness
  • graciousness
  • youthfulness
  • hard liquor
  • steadfastness
  • boundless energy
  • romanticism
  • opportunity
  • brotherhood
  • single mindedness
  • benevolence
  • enchantment
  • disposition
  • signification
  • significance
  • embarrassment
  • gratification
  • satisfaction
  • unhappiness
  • temperament
  • poltergeist
  • apparitional
  • irrepressibility
  • high-spiritedness
  • courageousness
  • cowardliness
  • invigoration
  • muscularity
  • metaphysically
  • disembodied spirit
  • impertinent
  • spiritually
  • understanding
  • inspiration
  • ghostwriter
  • spiritualist
  • disembodiment
  • doppelganger
  • realization
  • mind-body dualism
  • errand ghost
  • sir isaac newton
  • togetherness
  • philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica
  • vital principle
  • familiar spirit
  • supernatural being
  • life principle
  • zombie spirit
  • spiritual being
  • zombi spirit
  • cheerfulness
  • spiritualism
  • camaraderie
  • haunt house
  • thankfulness
  • hopefulness
  • internationalism
  • sensibility
  • selflessness
  • individuality
  • individualism
  • incarnation
  • pandemonism
  • ardent spirit
  • sportsmanship
  • comradeship
  • perseverance
  • playfulness
  • resourcefulness
  • netherworld
  • disincarnate
  • pneumatology
  • animateness
  • positiveness
  • effervescence
  • alcoholometric
  • malebranchism
  • spiritual be
  • high spirit
  • spiritual awaken
  • neighborliness
  • metaphorical
  • onomatopoeic
  • proto-indo-european language
  • spirit away
  • nether region
  • kindheartedness
  • indomitability
  • warmheartedness
  • creativeness
  • brotherliness
  • vivaciousness
  • wood spirit
  • effusiveness
  • ghost story
  • consonant voicing and devoicing
  • spirit level
  • white spirit
  • full of life
  • middle english
  • household deity
  • black magic
  • genius locus
  • spirit of wine
  • life of party
  • abrahamic religions
  • mortal coil
  • imaginary place
  • mythical be
  • hindu deity
  • determination
  • emotional state

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the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.

the incorporeal part of humans: present in spirit though absent in body.

the soul regarded as separating from the body at death.

conscious, incorporeal being, as opposed to matter: the world of spirit.

a supernatural, incorporeal being, especially one inhabiting a place, object, etc., or having a particular character: evil spirits.

a fairy, sprite, or elf.

an angel or demon.

an attitude or principle that inspires, animates, or pervades thought, feeling, or action: the spirit of reform.

( initial capital letter ) the divine influence as an agency working in the human heart.

a divine, inspiring, or animating being or influence. Numbers 11:25; Isaiah 32:15.

( initial capital letter ) the third person of the Trinity; Holy Spirit .

the soul or heart as the seat of feelings or sentiments, or as prompting to action: a man of broken spirit.

spirits, feelings or mood with regard to exaltation or depression: low spirits; good spirits.

excellent disposition or attitude in terms of vigor, courage, firmness of intent, etc.; mettle : That's the spirit!

temper or disposition: meek in spirit.

an individual as characterized by a given attitude, disposition, character, action, etc.: A few brave spirits remained to face the danger.

the dominant tendency or character of anything: the spirit of the age.

vigorous sense of membership in a group: college spirit.

the general meaning or intent of a statement, document, etc. (opposed to letter ): the spirit of the law.

Chemistry . the essence or active principle of a substance as extracted in liquid form, especially by distillation.

Often spirits . a strong distilled alcoholic liquor.

Chiefly British . alcohol .

Pharmacology . a solution in alcohol of an essential or volatile principle; essence (def. 3) .

any of certain subtle fluids formerly supposed to permeate the body.

the Spirit, God

pertaining to something that works by burning alcoholic spirits: a spirit stove.

of or relating to spiritualist bodies or activities.

to animate with fresh ardor or courage; inspirit .

to encourage; urge on or stir up, as to action.

to carry off mysteriously or secretly (often followed by away or off ): His captors spirited him away.

Idioms about spirit

out of spirits , in low spirits; depressed: We were feeling out of spirits after so many days of rain.

Origin of spirit

Synonym study for spirit, other words for spirit, other words from spirit.

  • spir·it·like, adjective
  • non·spir·it, noun
  • outspirit, verb (used with object)
  • un·spir·it·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with spirit

  • spirit , sprite

Words Nearby spirit

  • spiriferous
  • spirit away
  • Spirit Cave
  • spirit compass

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How to use spirit in a sentence

She said she agreed with the spirit of what Barrera was saying but warned she didn’t think that was the whole story about what happened to those ambitious students.

Our version of the spirit streamlines the process for the home bar but still brings out the chestnuts’ rich, toasty qualities.

The spirit realms became populated primarily not with animal guides but human ancestors.

This move is likely to further accelerate MGM’s move toward a more digital future, and not just in the spirit of luring more visitors to Vegas with socially-distancing-friendly features like contactless check-ins.

The Ford Expedition was my test vehicle that week, and it turned out to be the perfect ride to lift my spirits.

Education controls the transmission of values and molds the spirit before dominating the soul.

Their authors promise that your spirit will be improved, your ambition honed, and your finances maximized by their advice.

The moment where they enter the spirit portal symbolizes their evolution from being friends to being a couple.

He should be free, filling the world with happiness, love and his fighting spirit .

Then I read aloud from something that captures the Holiday spirit .

In Luke it is said, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit , filled with wisdom.”

This seems to be contrary to the spirit and intent of the act, which is primarily to centralize reserves in Federal Reserve Banks.

Thou fell spirit of pride, prejudice, ignorance, and mauvaise honte!

Light, the symbol of life's joy, seems to be the first language in which the spirit of beauty speaks to a child.

But green Chartreuse unhappily is not innocent; it is more than a spirit , it is a powerful drug.

British Dictionary definitions for spirit (1 of 3)

/ ( ˈspɪrɪt ) /

the force or principle of life that animates the body of living things

temperament or disposition : truculent in spirit

liveliness; mettle : they set to it with spirit

the fundamental, emotional, and activating principle of a person; will : the experience broke his spirit

a sense of loyalty or dedication : team spirit

the prevailing element; feeling : a spirit of joy pervaded the atmosphere

state of mind or mood; attitude : he did it in the wrong spirit

(plural) an emotional state, esp with regard to exaltation or dejection : in high spirits

a person characterized by some activity, quality, or disposition : a leading spirit of the movement

the deeper more significant meaning as opposed to a pedantic interpretation : the spirit of the law

that which constitutes a person's intangible being as contrasted with his physical presence : I shall be with you in spirit

an incorporeal being, esp the soul of a dead person

( as modifier ) : spirit world

(usually foll by away or off ) to carry off mysteriously or secretly

( often foll by up) to impart animation or determination to

British Dictionary definitions for spirit (2 of 3)

(often plural) any distilled alcoholic liquor such as brandy, rum, whisky, or gin

an aqueous solution of ethanol, esp one obtained by distillation

the active principle or essence of a substance, extracted as a liquid, esp by distillation

a solution of a volatile substance, esp a volatile oil, in alcohol

( as modifier ) : a spirit burner

alchemy any of the four substances sulphur, mercury, sal ammoniac, or arsenic

British Dictionary definitions for Spirit (3 of 3)

another name for the Holy Spirit

God, esp when regarded as transcending material limitations

the influence of God or divine things upon the soul

Christian Science God or divine substance

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with spirit

In addition to the idioms beginning with spirit

  • spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, the
  • kindred spirit

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Definition of spirit

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Definition of spirit  (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

courage , mettle , spirit , resolution , tenacity mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship.

courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.

mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.

spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one's own or keep up one's morale when opposed or threatened.

resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one's ends.

tenacity adds to resolution implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat.

Examples of spirit in a Sentence

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Word History

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, espirit, spirit , from Latin spiritus , literally, breath, from spirare to blow, breathe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Phrases Containing spirit

  • familiar spirit
  • moving force / spirit
  • the spirit of the law
  • white spirit
  • spirit rapping

spirit animal

  • spirit varnish
  • that's the spirit
  • surgical spirit
  • free spirit
  • spirit of wine
  • spirit level
  • proof spirit
  • spirit writing
  • as / when the spirit moves one
  • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
  • kindred spirit
  • animal spirit

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“Spirit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirit. Accessed 11 Jan. 2024.

Kids Definition

Kids definition of spirit.

Kids Definition of spirit  (Entry 2 of 2)

Middle English spirit "a life-giving force," derived from Latin spiritus, literally, "breath"

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In simple terms, spirit refers to the intangible essence or energy within a person or entity that gives them life, vitality, and character. It encompasses emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and the intrepid force that drives us. When attempting to describe this elusive concept, we encounter a myriad of words that capture its essence. Words such as resilient, radiant, passionate, and ethereal come to mind, portraying the strength, brightness, and transcendence that spirit embodies. Join us as we explore a collection of words that truly capture the indomitable spirit within us all.

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Adjectives for Spirit

Here are the 20 Most Popular adjectives for spirit:

  • Transcendent
  • Captivating
  • Adventurous
  • Invigorating
  • Unconquerable

Adjectives for Spirit Guide:

  • Enlightened
  • Compassionate

Adjectives for Team Spirit:

  • Collaborative
  • Enthusiastic

Adjectives for Free Spirit:

  • Independent
  • Unconventional
  • Spontaneous
  • Nonconformist
  • Unrestrained

Adjectives for Holy Spirit:

  • Illuminating

Adjectives for School Spirit:

  • Competitive

Adjectives for Fighting Spirit:

  • Indomitable
  • Strong-willed

Words to Describe Spirit with Meanings

  • Vibrant : Full of life and energy.
  • Ethereal : Delicate and otherworldly.
  • Resilient : Strong and able to recover quickly.
  • Radiant : Glowing and shining brightly.
  • Inspiring : Encouraging and motivating.
  • Transcendent : Going beyond ordinary limits.
  • Enigmatic : Mysterious and puzzling.
  • Unyielding : Firm and steadfast.
  • Dynamic : Energetic and ever-changing.
  • Captivating : Fascinating and captivating attention.
  • Adventurous : Daring and exciting.
  • Empowering : Giving strength and confidence.
  • Serene : Calm and peaceful.
  • Spirited : Full of enthusiasm and vitality.
  • Invigorating : Energizing and refreshing.
  • Courageous : Brave and fearless.
  • Mystical : Magical and spiritual.
  • Enduring : Lasting and enduring over time.
  • Passionate : Intense and fervent.
  • Unconquerable : Indomitable and unbeatable.

Example Sentences for Spirit Adjectives

  • The vibrant flowers added color to the garden.
  • Her beauty had an ethereal quality.
  • Despite the challenges, she remained resilient .
  • The sunrise cast a radiant glow across the sky.
  • His speech was inspiring and motivated the team.
  • The music created a transcendent atmosphere.
  • The mysterious book had an enigmatic plot.
  • He held onto his beliefs with an unyielding determination.
  • The market was dynamic and constantly changing.
  • The captivating artwork drew everyone’s attention.
  • They embarked on an adventurous journey through the mountains.
  • Her mentor provided empowering guidance and support.
  • The beach was peaceful and serene in the evening.
  • The athletes showed a spirited performance in the match.
  • A morning jog can be invigorating and refreshing.
  • She displayed courageous bravery in the face of danger.
  • The ancient temple had a mystical aura.
  • Their love was enduring through all obstacles.
  • The speaker delivered a passionate speech about equality.
  • The army showed an unconquerable spirit in battle.

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What are the characteristics of a good spirit?

The characteristics of a good spirit include positivity, resilience, empathy, kindness, and a willingness to uplift and support others, creating a harmonious and inspiring environment.

What is the greatness of spirit?

The greatness of spirit refers to the exceptional qualities and virtues displayed by an individual, such as courage, integrity, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to noble values and principles. It signifies the extraordinary nature of one’s character and actions.

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Quick Summary

The Latin root anim means “mind” or “spirit.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including un anim ous, anim ated, and anim osity. The root anim is easily recalled via the word anim al, for an anim al is a living, moving creature and so contains a “spirit” and “mind.”

"Anim" Animates Words

The Latin root anim means “mind” or “spirit.” Today we will fill our “minds” with some “spirited” words in an anim ated fashion!

One of the primary things that separates plants and anim als is the fact that anim als move and function with a “mind” whereas plants are stationary. A “spirit” moves things, which is the idea behind the meaning “spirit” in anim . Hence, anim als are anim ated, that is, they have a “spirit” which moves them; someone who is anim ated is exhibiting a great deal of lively “spirit.” That which is in anim ate, like a rock, has no “mind” and no moving force, or “spirit.”

An anim ated film is one in which still pictures have been infused with the “spirit” of movement, bringing the pictures to life. This is what anim ation is all about. A film’s anim ator is the one responsible for giving these still pictures their “spirit,” enabling them to move. A successful anim ator who has made a lot of money might be inclined to be magn anim ous and so possess magn anim ity, thus being great in the “spirit” of giving.

Have you ever experienced a vote taken in a group that was a un anim ous decision, where all participants were of one “mind”? Such un anim ity is rare and could very well have engendered equ anim ity or a state of being balanced and peaceful in “mind” among the group’s members since they were all in agreement.

I hope that you now feel anim ated or “spirited” about the Latin root anim , and are able to keep it in “mind”!

  • animal : a creature that has a “spirit” and “mind”
  • animated : “spirited”
  • inanimate : not being “spirited”
  • animation : a state of being “spirited” and hence possessing movement
  • animator : one who gives a “spirit” to still pictures
  • magnanimous : of being great in “spirit”
  • magnanimity : the state of being “great” in spirit
  • unanimous : being of one “mind”
  • unanimity : the state of being of one “mind”
  • equanimity : the state of having a balanced and hence peaceful “mind”

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If you have anim us against someone, you have a strong feeling of dislike or hatred towards them, often without a good reason or based upon your personal prejudices.


To be pusill anim ous is to be cowardly.

If you exhibit equ anim ity, you demonstrate a calm mental state—without showing upset or annoyance—when you deal with a difficult situation.


If someone exhibits magn anim ity towards another, they show them kindness and noble generosity, especially after defeating them in battle or after having been treated badly by them.

When a person is anim ated, they are energetic, lively, and filled with excited activity.

Something in anim ate is dead, motionless, or not living; therefore, it does not display the same traits as an active and alive organism.

All people involved in a un anim ous decision agree or are united in their opinion about something.


Animadversion is the act of strongly criticizing another person for something they have done.

express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation

marked by the appetites and passions of the body

the condition of living or the state of being alive

someone who imparts energy and vitality and spirit to other people

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

in full control of your faculties


noble and generous in spirit


contemptible fearfulness

give new life or energy to

everyone being of one mind

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