The vital principle or animating force within living beings. Incorporeal consciousness. The soul, considered as departing from the body of a person at death. The Holy Spirit. A supernatural being, as: An angel or a demon. A being inhabiting or embodying a particular place, object, or natural phenomenon. A fairy or sprite. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings: Though unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit. The essential nature of a person or group. A person as characterized by a stated quality: He is a proud spirit. An inclination or tendency of a specified kind: Her actions show a generous spirit. A causative, activating, or essential principle: The couple's engagement was announced in a joyous spirit. A mood or an emotional state: The guests were in high spirits. His sour spirits put a damper on the gathering. A particular mood or an emotional state characterized by vigor and animation: sang with spirit. Strong loyalty or dedication: team spirit. The predominant mood of an occasion or a period: "The spirit of 1776 is not dead\u201d ( Thomas Jefferson). The actual though unstated sense or significance of something: the spirit of the law. An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance. Often used in the plural with a singular verb. An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor. To carry off mysteriously or secretly: The documents had been spirited away. To impart courage, animation, or determination to; inspirit.