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spirit

noun (WAY OF FEELING)    /ˈspɪr.ɪt/
B2 [S or U] a particular way of thinking, feeling, or behaving, especially a way that is typical of a particular group of people, an activity, a time, or a place: The players have a very strong team spirit (= loyalty to each other). As rock musicians in the 1960s, they were very much part of the spirit of the age/times. We acted in a spirit of cooperation.Feelings - general words spirits B2 [plural] the way a person is feeling: I've been in high/low spirits (= feeling happy/sad) lately. Her spirits lifted/rose (= she felt happier) as she read the letter. The negative reply dashed his spirits (= made him unhappy).Moods the spirit of a law, rule, etc. the principle that a law, rule, etc. was created to make stronger, rather than the particular things it says you must or must not do: They followed neither the spirit nor the letter of the law.Morality and rules of behaviour enter/get into the spirit to show enthusiasm and enjoyment: They went to the tennis club a few times but never really got into the spirit of it.Celebrating and entertaining that's the spirit used to approve or encourage someone's positive attitude (= way of thinking) or action: "Come on, we can win this game." "That's the spirit."Encouraging and urging onInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of spirit noun (WAY OF FEELING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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