Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Liveliness of mind or spirit; sprightliness.
  • n. Esprit de corps. See Synonyms at morale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Spirit, enthusiasm.
  • n. A wit.
  • n. Liveliness, or active mind and spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Spirit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spirit; wit; aptitude, especially of comprehension and expression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. liveliness of mind or spirit

Etymologies

French, from Latin spīritus, spirit; see spirit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from the French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the first things seared in to my psyche upon arrival at recruiter training in the Marines was the term esprit de corps.

    ERE.net

  • When the Supreme Court held that the military's interest in esprit de corps allowed it to keep a serviceman from wearing a yarmulke without violating the Free exercise Clause (this was before the 1990 decision in Smith), Congress promptly passed a bill mandating accommodation for religious items to be worn with uniforms.

    Balkinization

  • Not merely were the men composing these drafts lacking largely in esprit de corps and unfamiliar with the traditions already established of the battalions into which they were drafted, but from the very fact that their original battalions had been left behind when the others went forward, they had been for some months in surroundings which did not make for high martial spirit.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Ratzinger has much more of what the French call esprit de finesse.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • Esprit de corps and jealousy pull the truth with frightful force, this way and that, and the picture becomes the more distorted because so-called esprit de corps is nothing more than generalized selfishness.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • New officers were getting acquainted with their men; that wonderful thing that is called esprit de corps was being made all around me.

    A Minstrel in France

  • The key point I consider to be the FB integration since it allowed multi directional communication - the presenters were reading messaged from people during the event, the users could see the reaction of other users - and thus creating a momentum - an "etat d'esprit" - around the event.

    Blah, Blah! Technology

  • Unhappily it lacks all the advantages which characterize the opera just named, as it is frivolous, without possessing the grace and "esprit", which distinguish

    The Standard Operaglass Detailed Plots of One Hundred and Fifty-one Celebrated Operas

  • The "Daughter of the Regiment" happily combines Italian richness of melody with French "esprit" and French sallies, and hence the continued charm of this almost international music.

    The Standard Operaglass Detailed Plots of One Hundred and Fifty-one Celebrated Operas

  • What the women needed wasn’t just individual heart; they needed something called esprit de corps.

    The Lensman's Children

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