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THE SOUL VS. THE SPIRIT

spirit,soul

 

 

 

Some words or vocabularies in English are very similar in meanings yet a distinct difference may be there. The words “spirit” and “soul” are one of those similarities. You may even have a problem defining these two in your own language, but let’s take a look at their definitions in English.

Soul:

Your soul is the part of you that consists of your mind, character, thoughts, and feelings. Many people believe that your soul continues existing after your body is dead.

(countable noun)

Examples:

 

When I go to work I put my heart and soul into my job.

I always pray for his soul in my prayers.

When we say it is a countable noun, it means that it can be used as a singular and plural noun too.

There was a village with 100 souls. (plural)

There was not even a soul living. (singular; meaning no one)

 

 

(adjective noun)

You can refer to someone as a particular kind of soul when you are describing their character or condition.

She has a happy soul.

 

(uncountable noun)

Soul or soul music is a type of pop music performed mainly by black American musicians. It developed from gospel and blues music and often expresses deep emotions.

She is the American soul singer Anita Baker.

 

Synonyms: person, being, human, individual

Soul in the phrase:

Sell one’s soul: If you talk about someone selling their soul in order to get something, you are criticizing them for abandoning their principles.

Don’t trust her. She is a person who sells her soul to get a raise.

 

To bare one’s soul: If you bare your soul, you tell someone your most secret thoughts and feelings.

I never bare my soul to him.

 

Body and soul: You use body and soul to mean every part of you, including your mind and your emotions.

She is a committed person, body, and soul at work.

 

To keep body and soul together: If you keep body and soul together, you have enough money to provide what you need to live.

His father cannot keep his body and soul together anymore. He is broke.

 

Spirit:

Your spirit is the part of you that is not physical and that consists of your character and feelings. It is different from the soul in that soul is an inner feeling that stays with you as long as you live, but the spirit is something that in some beliefs stays alive even after your physical body dies.

(countable noun):

The human spirit is virtually indestructible.

Marian retains a restless, youthful spirit, in search of new horizons.

 

(uncountable noun):

Spirit is the courage and determination that helps people to survive in difficult times and to keep their way of life and their beliefs.

She was a very brave girl and everyone who knew her admired her spirit.

 

Spirit in the phrase:

In the spirit: If you say you are somewhere in spirit or with someone in spirit, you mean that although you are not with them, you feel as though you are with them because you are thinking about them a lot.

I know we are very far, but I am always with you in spirit.

 

The spirit of the age/the spirit of the time: The spirit of the age or the spirit of the times is the set of ideas, beliefs, and aims that is typical of people in a particular period in history.

 


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