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  • adv. In a spirited manner; with spirit; enthusiastically.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a spirited or lively manner; with spirit, strength, or animation.

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

  • adv. in a spirited or lively manner; with animation and vivacity


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  • In "My Jerry Saltz Problem," a spiritedly discursive philippic in the New Criterion about the changing nature of art criticism, James Panero articulates how disgruntled print journalists and traditional art critics feel about new media such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

    Sharon L. Butler: Jerry Saltz's Burden

  • I find it fascinating to listen to a world-famous foul-mouthed angry crank denouncing mean-spiritedness and coarseness and singing the praises of the intellect as he mean-spiritedly swears his way through an anecdote about football that somehow ends the oldest debate in human history.

    Harlan Ellison on God

  • Every time the police have arrested someone who ‘publicly spiritedly’ stepped in when a little old lady was getting her bag snatched, every time the police have arrest someone who ‘responsibly’ confronted a burglar in their home, every time something like this happens, that public spirit ebbs away.

    The Single Measure Of Public Confidence « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • After we left the children, we marched near a guy who carried an orange stuffed chair on his head -- he paused occasionally to sit in it -- and several disabled folks who spiritedly rolled their wheelchairs.

    Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.: Why Occupy Oakland Persists In Searching For A Home

  • "And it looks very much like hanging not to attempt it," she answered a little spiritedly.

    CHAPTER 28

  • I am only sorry that my friend cannot see this grand display of his ironic, spiritedly insubordinate soft sculptures in all their weird forms; or his alarmingly wispy tepees, "Untitled 1970," which mysteriously support themselves despite the throngs of people whose footsteps you imagine would topple them.

    When Joyous Attitude Becomes Form

  • But, although it's spiritedly performed by final-year students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the show lacks the class of vintage Kander and Ebb, and the problem is epitomised by its description as "the musical comedy whodunnit".


  • Some were yelling on their cell phones, some were spiritedly shouting UConn cheers and some were hopelessly searching for their lost companions, panic on their bleary faces.

    U Of Conn Spring Weekend: 39 Arrested For Criminal Offenses

  • British as they come, there's a book, like it or not (I loved it), that pushed the boundaries of taboo; Amelie Nothomb, oh heck, Belgian, never mind, endlessly and spiritedly reinvents ways of telling, I could go on for hours.

    The Return of the Narrative.

  • Chipper, fresh-faced teenage girls in cheerleader costumes, girls no bigger than Labrador retrievers, are high-stepping and kicking and chanting in voices that squeak, “We are the mighty, mighty Longhorns,” and even littler girls on the side are imitating their varsity big sisters, and the high school band is playing a spiritedly terrible “Born to Be Wild,” and parents are whooping and cheering, passing cameras back and forth to remember this forever.

    The Fiddler in the Subway


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