Definitions for: Soul


[n]
[n] the human embodiment of something; "the soul of honor"
[n] a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s; "soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"
[n] deep feeling or emotion
[n] the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life



Webster (1913) Definition: Soul, a.
Sole. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Soul, a.
Sole. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Soul, v. i. [F. so[^u]ler to satiate. See Soil to
feed.]
To afford suitable sustenance. [Obs.] --Warner.


Soul, n. [OE. soule, saule, AS. s[=a]wel, s[=a]wl; akin
to OFries. s?le, OS. s?ola, D. ziel, G. seele, OHG. s?la,
s?ula, Icel. s[=a]la, Sw. sj["a]l, Dan. si[ae]l, Goth.
saiwala; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to L. saeculum a
lifetime, age (cf. Secular.)]
1. The spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man; that
part of man which enables him to think, and which renders
him a subject of moral government; -- sometimes, in
distinction from the higher nature, or spirit, of man, the
so-called animal soul, that is, the seat of life, the
sensitive affections and phantasy, exclusive of the
voluntary and rational powers; -- sometimes, in
distinction from the mind, the moral and emotional part of
man's nature, the seat of feeling, in distinction from
intellect; -- sometimes, the intellect only; the
understanding; the seat of knowledge, as distinguished
from feeling. In a more general sense, ``an animating,
separable, surviving entity, the vehicle of individual
personal existence.'' --Tylor.

The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when
our bodily eyes are closing. --Law.

2. The seat of real life or vitality; the source of action;
the animating or essential part. ``The hidden soul of
harmony.'' --Milton.

Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul.
--Milton.

3. The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart;
as, the soul of an enterprise; an able general is the soul
of his army.

He is the very soul of bounty! --Shak.

4. Energy; courage; spirit; fervor; affection, or any other
noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature; inherent
power or goodness.

That he wants algebra he must confess; But not a
soul to give our arms success. --Young.

5. A human being; a person; -- a familiar appellation,
usually with a qualifying epithet; as, poor soul.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news
from a far country. --Prov. xxv.
25.

God forbid so many simple souls Should perish by the
aword! --Shak.

Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul). --Cowper.

6. A pure or disembodied spirit.

That to his only Son . . . every soul in heaven
Shall bend the knee. --Milton.

Note: Soul is used in the formation of numerous compounds,
most of which are of obvious signification; as,
soul-betraying, soul-consuming, soul-destroying,
soul-distracting, soul-enfeebling, soul-exalting,
soul-felt, soul-harrowing, soul-piercing,
soul-quickening, soul-reviving, soul-stirring,
soul-subduing, soul-withering, etc.

Syn: Spirit; life; courage; fire; ardor.

Cure of souls. See Cure, n., 2.

Soul bell, the passing bell. --Bp. Hall.

Soul foot. See Soul scot, below. [Obs.]

Soul scot or

Soul shot. [Soul + scot, or shot; cf. AS. s[=a]welsceat.]
(O. Eccl. Law) A funeral duty paid in former times for a
requiem for the soul. --Ayliffe.


Soul, v. t.
To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Synonyms: human, individual, mortal, person, psyche, somebody, someone, soulfulness

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