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  • n. The property of being spirited, of having spirit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spirited nature or character; spirit; liveliness; life; animation.

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

  • n. quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous


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  • Your particular blend of incompetence and mean spiritedness is truly galling.

    McGinn’s Budget Briefing: Gloom, Doom, and Reorganization « PubliCola

  • Frankly, its affected mean-spiritedness is inexcusably tame, especially when compared to the lurid rarities programmed at each QT Fest.

    GreenCine Daily: Grindhouse, 4/4.

  • It will be a sad day indeed when such public-spiritedness is driven out of British politics.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • Much of modern history can be explained by the search of what Plato called spiritedness for legitimate self-expression.


  • As Kristol points out in the essay, the meaning of the phrase "public spiritedness" has flipped since the 18th century.

    The Seattle Times

  • KAPLAN: Well, I wrote -- there's a chapter called "Clean Toilets," and I think it's the collapse of empires or whatever, and it's just two pages at the beginning of that chapter, and I talked about it because to me the availability and degree of cleanliness of public toilets may offer insights in terms of the public - "spiritedness" and degree of civil society in that place.

    The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century

  • It's just not in my nature, really – and has a good line in the deliberately bland: to hear him describe the internet, and Wikipedia, is to hear a tale of public spiritedness, of millions of people working towards a common good, even though he must know that the thing he heads is far stranger and less dependable than that.

    The Saturday interview: Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

  • All the no-saying and no-preaching in the world will fail to keep men, and youths growing into manhood, away from John Barleycorn when John Barleycorn is everywhere accessible, and where John Barleycorn is everywhere the connotation of manliness, and daring, and great-spiritedness.

    Chapter 16

  • Now it could be that on Election Day a lightening bolt will come down and the skies will then open and people will be imbued with a new sense of responsibility and public spiritedness.

    White House Rhetoric On Bipartisanship Echoes Clinton's In 2008

  • Wealth might play a role, but it is chiefly the “spiritedness” of Hegel, the hunger for actualization, that makes them politicians.

    Matthew Yglesias » Evan Bayh to Retire


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