The English word spirit (from Latin spiritus "breath") has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's spirit and soul often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

The term may also refer to any incorporeal or immaterial being, such as demons or deities, in Christianity specifically the Holy Spirit (though with a capital "S") experienced by the disciples at Pentecost.

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Famous quotes containing the word spirit:

    Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit movin’ in my heart, I will pray.
    —African-American hymn-writer. “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” l. 1.

    Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then that the world exists for you.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    But oh! each visitation
    Suspends what nature gave me any my birth,
    My shaping spirit of Imagination.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)