life force

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life force (countable and uncountable, plural life forces)

  1. The hypothetical principle that animates all living organisms.
    • 1920, Edward Carpenter, Pagan and Christian Creeds, New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., page 61:
      The human tribe partakes of the mana or life-force of the animal, and is strengthened[.]
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      "Yes, I'm beating it!" he cried. "Ever since Felkin held his first consultation with Atkinson I have felt the life-force stealing back into me."
  2. An impulse or influence that gives something life or vitality.

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