from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thoroughly imbued with a right spirit; noble-minded; devoted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noble; generous; hearty.

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

  • adj. with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion


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  • He was a good fighter, whole-souled and stubborn, and he would have been content to continue feeding the machine for years; but he was bleeding to death, and not years but weeks would determine the fight.

    Chapter 14

  • MacDonald retained his whole-souled benevolence, though it seemed to take on a slightly exaggerated tone.

    Chapter 2

  • But he had hardened, and at the expense of his old-time, whole-souled geniality.

    Chapter VIII

  • Persuading his father to advance the capital, he went into business and keen and successful business he made of it, devoting his afternoons whole-souled to it, while his partner devoted the mornings.

    When the World Was Young

  • “He was a roaring, terrific combination of wind and lightning and thunder, and earnest, whole-souled profanity,” wrote Twain.


  • If you put it that Mrs. Douglas and Barker know the truth about the murder, and are conspiring to conceal it, then I can give you a whole-souled answer.


  • I am not a whole-souled admirer of womankind, as you are aware, Watson, but my experience of life has taught me that there are few wives, having any regard for their husbands, who would let any man's spoken word stand between them and that husband's dead body.


  • From his passing carriage he kissed both hands to her—a “whole-souled greeting, as the saying is.”

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • You had to have a whole-souled sentimental equipment going back further than you could remember.

    Tender is the Night

  • But Deacon Barnes stayed a full quarter of an hour, talking pleasantly, with a cheery, whole-souled ring to his voice which vexed Baldy greatly.

    Old Baldy


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