from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a high or noble spirit; honorable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a high soul; having exalted principles or feelings.


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  • The motherly, but coarse kindness of Dame Glendinning, and the doating fondness of her old domestic, seemed now the only kind feeling of which she formed the object; and she could not but reflect how little these were to be compared with the devoted attachment of a high-souled youth, whom the least glance of her eye could command, as the high-mettled steed is governed by the bridle of the rider.

    The Monastery

  • Ah! thought Cecilia, is virtue, then, as inconsistent as vice? and can the same character be thus high-souled, thus nobly disinterested with regard to riches, whose pride is so narrow and so insurmountable, with respect to family prejudice!


  • Sir Kenneth had full leisure to enjoy these and similar high-souled thoughts, fostered by that wild spirit of chivalry, which, amid its most extravagant and fantastic flights, was still pure from all selfish alloy — generous, devoted, and perhaps only thus far censurable, that it proposed objects and courses of action inconsistent with the frailties and imperfections of man.

    The Talisman

  • Cronos, and from him sprang the dark Libyans, and high-souled

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • They were all touched by the romantic enthusiasmfor lofty, high-souled ideals; they all felt that reverence for the past, for the “mystic chords of memory,” which Burke andColeridge, Fichte and Father Jahn, had inculcated in their disciples.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • His mother, he surmised, was the natural child of a high-souled Virginia planter,and from this source came his uncommon powers of mind and tenacity of purpose.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • I hoped then, that her angry passions were subsiding; but I was mistaken; for, urging her warmly for the day; and that for the sake of our mutual honour, and the honour of both our families; in this high-flown and high-souled strain she answered me:

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I could hardly bear the thought that any man breathing should have the power which I had lost, of persuading this high-souled woman, though in my own favour.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But these high-souled and high-sensed girls, who had set up for shining lights and examples to the rest of the sex, are with such difficulty brought down to the common standard, that a wise man, who prefers his peace of mind to his glory, in subduing one of that exalted class, would have nothing to say to them.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Indiana, the passionate and poetic Lelia, the amiable Trenmor, that high-souled convict, that angel of the galleys, — the fiery

    The History of Pendennis


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