soul Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life
noun a human being
someone; somebody; person; individual; mortal.
- there was too much for one person to do
noun deep feeling or emotion
noun the human embodiment of something
- the soul of honor
noun 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
Soul intransitive verb
To afford suitable sustenance.Obs. Warner.
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.
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.
The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart; as, the. soulof an enterprise; an able gemeral is the soulof his army
He is the very soul of bounty! Shak.
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.
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.
A pure or disembodied spirit.
That to his only Son . . . every soul in heaven Shall bend the knee. Milton.
✍ 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.
Soul transitive verb
To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.Obs. Chaucer.