Borrowing from French élan vital, coined by Henri Bergson.
- (French) IPA(key): /elɑ̃ vital/
élan vital (uncountable)
- The life force or vital principle posited in the philosophy of Henri Bergson; any mysterious or creative vital principle.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 803:
- Electricity! the force of the future—for everything, you know, including the élan vital itself, will soon be proven electrical in nature.