from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A part of humans regarded as immaterial, immortal, separable from the body at death, capable of moral judgment, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
- noun This part of a human when disembodied after death.
- noun In Aristotelian philosophy, an animating or vital principle inherent in living things and endowing them in various degrees with the potential to grow and reproduce, to move and respond to stimuli (as in the case of animals), and to think rationally (as in the case of humans).
- noun A human.
- noun A person considered as the embodiment of an intangible quality; a personification.
- noun A person's emotional or moral nature.
- noun The central or integral part; the vital core.
- noun A sense of emotional strength or spiritual vitality held to derive from black and especially African-American cultural experience, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and music.
- noun Strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, performer, or artist.
- noun Soul music.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Anything eaten with bread; a relish, as butter, cheese, milk, or preserves; that which satisfies.
- noun A substantial entity believed to be that in each person which lives, feels, thinks, and wills.
- noun The moral and emotional part of man's nature; the seat of the sentiments or feelings: in distinction from
- noun The animating or essential part; the essence: as, the soul of a song; the source of action; the chief part; hence, the inspirer or leader of any action or movement: as, the soul of an enterprise; an able commander is the soul of an army.
- noun Fervor; fire; grandeur of mind, or other noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature.
- noun A spiritual being; a disembodied spirit; a shade.
- noun A human being; a person.
- noun Synonyms and
- noun Intellect, Spirit, etc. See
- noun Ardor, force.
- To afford suitable sustenance; satisfy with food; satiate.
- To endue with a soul.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective By or for African-Americans, or characteristic of their culture.
- adjective obsolete Sole.
- noun The spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man; that part of man which enables him to think, and which renders him a subject of moral government; -- sometimes, in distinction from the higher nature, or spirit, of man, the so-called animal soul, that is, the seat of life, the sensitive affections and phantasy, exclusive of the voluntary and rational powers; -- sometimes, in distinction from the mind, the moral and emotional part of man's nature, the seat of feeling, in distinction from intellect; -- sometimes, the intellect only; the understanding; the seat of knowledge, as distinguished from
feeling. In a more general sense, “an animating, separable, surviving entity, the vehicle of individual personal existence.”
- noun The seat of real life or vitality; the source of action; the animating or essential part.
- noun The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart.
- noun Energy; courage; spirit; fervor; affection, or any other noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature; inherent power or goodness.
- noun A human being; a person; -- a familiar appellation, usually with a qualifying epithet.
- noun A pure or disembodied spirit.
- noun A perceived shared community and awareness among African-Americans.
- noun Soul music.
- noun See
Cure, n., 2.
- noun the passing bell.
- noun [Obs.] See Soul scot, below.
- noun (O. Eccl. Law) A funeral duty paid in former times for a requiem for the soul.
- intransitive verb obsolete To afford suitable sustenance.
- transitive verb obsolete To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun religion, folklore The
spiritor essenceof a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death.
- noun The spirit or essence of anything.
Life, energy, vigor.
- noun music
- noun A
person, especially as one among many.
- noun An individual life.
- verb obsolete, transitive To
enduewith a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun deep feeling or emotion
- noun a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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"I can respect a _soul_, sir," replied Emma, warmly, -- "a soul made in the image of God, though it were sunk in the very depths of pollution and wretchedness; and so can the 'Great and Holy One,' Mr. Sliver, or he never would have sent his Son to redeem the world."
Be Courteous or, Religion, the True Refiner Mrs. M. H. Maxwell
It is of the highest importance to the developing soul to unfold into a realization of this relationship and unity, _for when this conception is once fully established the soul is enabled to rise above certain of the lower planes, and is free from the operation of certain laws that bind the undeveloped soul_.
A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga William Walker Atkinson 1897
For it is the soul which manifests as _body_, which thinks as _mind_, which feels and loves as _heart_, and which is what it is -- though not perhaps what it really or finally is -- as _soul_.
What Is and What Might Be A Study of Education in General and Elementary Education in Particular Edmond Holmes 1893
It may be well to fall into the usage of ordinary speech, and speak of that which survives death as the _soul_, so long as we keep in mind what is really meant, viz., that it is the soul _united with the spirit_ which survives death.
The Life of the Waiting Soul in the Intermediate State Robert Edward Sanderson 1870
"No soul, Excellenza; rest assured, no _soul_ -- Again the mortar."
The Piazza Tales Herman Melville 1855
The Lord has come down with mighty power into my soul, and I feel the blessedness of _full rest of soul_ in God.
The Old Helmet, Volume II Susan Warner 1852
First, saith he, it is plain by verse 31, they took it in _animas_, upon their souls, — a _soul matter_ they made of it: there needs no soul for
The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2) George Gillespie 1630
If the war is sapping our soul though ’spirit’ would seem more apt than ’soul’ then oh, maybe we should leave.
"The doctrine of the soul -- first _soul_, and second _soul_, and evermore
Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith Being an Examination of the Evidences of Infidelity Robert Patterson 1857
III. i.35 (64,1) love's invisible soul] _love's_ visible _soul_.]
Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies Samuel Johnson 1746
sonofgroucho commented on the word soul
"What profiteth a man if he gaineth the whole world but loseth his soul?"
January 29, 2008
brobbins commented on the word soul
will, volition, purpose,blood, rational
July 24, 2009
usenolies commented on the word soul
One day, I will show that I adopted the word SOUL. Why you ask? Because I say.
March 31, 2022
usenolies commented on the word soul
SOUL is not SPIRIT. On 3/15, a combination of factors including me finding the spelling of soul happened. Soul I was spelling some other way apparently. Can't even remember. I guess I was referring to a number. Wrote some especially egregious things that seemed like justification. No way I wrote it the day after. 3/14 is suspected but it is 3/21 as the date of attack on a certain victim. Thank you Souls.
May 9, 2022