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  • IPA(key): /ˈspɪɹɪtɪd/
  • Hyphenation: spir‧it‧ed



  1. simple past and past participle of spirit
    • 1986, R.E.M. (lyrics and music), “I Believe”, in Lifes Rich Pageant:
      When I was young and full of grace / I spirited a rattlesnake


spirited (comparative more spirited, superlative most spirited)

  1. Lively, vigorous, animated or courageous.
    • November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
      Remarkably United’s 10 men almost salvaged an improbable draw during a late, spirited challenge. They showed great competitive courage in that period and there were chances for Robin van Persie, Ángel Di María and Marouane Fellaini to punish City for defending too deeply and not being more clinical with their opportunities at the other end.
    • 2012 June 9, Owen Phillips, “Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But the Danes remained resolute in defence - largely thanks to a spirited display by captain Daniel Agger - and they went ahead with their first meaningful attack.

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compound adjectives of the sense “having a spirit of a certain character”

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