American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of spirit; intangible; refined; pure; subtile.
- Burning; ardent; fiery; active.
- Same as spirituous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. containing or of the nature of alcohol
“Its flavour will vary according to the kind of spiritous liquor from which it is obtained.”
A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons Exhibiting the Fraudulent Sophistications of Bread, Beer, Wine, Spiritous Liquors, Tea, Coffee, Cream, Confectionery, Vinegar, Mustard, Pepper, Cheese, Olive Oil, Pickles, and Other Articles Employed in Domestic Economy
“It also points out its import statistics, which show a far larger per capita consumption of spiritous liquors.”
“Meanwhile, ox_number_10 drank one of every major spiritous liquor, in sequence, which began to remind me of the inevitable ascension of Enoch, or perhaps of the descent of Inanna, through the Gates of Al-Kohl.”
“More than two hundred years ago, William Heberden, the British physician who first described the chest pain known today as angina, wrote that “wine and spiritous liquors—afford considerable relief from angina.””
“Then the Government had realized that there was even more money to be made by taxing spiritous liquors made inside England; those were excise duties.”
“For her, the fact that the Shivaree Social Club served spiritous liquors was not as sinful as the carnal activities that went on there.”
“She did miss caffeine and, while the experiments with beer and other spiritous liquors had been successful, there was as yet no tobacco substitute.”
“The whiskey warmed his stomach more than it had burnt his throat; so, admittedly never a connoisseur of spiritous liquor, he felt he had achieved a baseline for judgment that it was good.”
“Jules Michelet wrote in La Régence Paris, 1879 of “coffee, the sobering beverage, a mighty nutrient of the brain, unlike spiritous liquors, increases purity and clarity; coffee, which clears the imagination of fogs and heavy vapours, which illumines the reality of things with the white light of truth; antierotic coffee, which at length substitutes stimulation of the mind for stimulation of the sexual faculties!””
“By that I mean that spiritous or malt liquors are not sold.”
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