Definition of Soul

Pronunciation: sōl
v. i.1.To afford suitable sustenance.
n.1.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."
The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing.
- Law.
2.The seat of real life or vitality; the source of action; the animating or essential part.
Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul.
- Milton.
3.The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart; as, the soul of an enterprise; an able general is the soul of his army.
He is the very soul of bounty!
- Shak.
4.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.
5.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 sword!
- Shak.
Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul).
- Cowper.
6.A pure or disembodied spirit.
That to his only Son . . . every soul in heaven
Shall bend the knee.
- Milton.
7.A perceived shared community and awareness among African-Americans.
8.Soul music.
Cure of souls
See Cure, n., 2.
Soul bell
the passing bell.
Soul foot
See Soul scot, below.
- Bp. Hall.
Soul scot
(O. Eccl. Law) A funeral duty paid in former times for a requiem for the soul.
- Ayliffe.
v. t.1.To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.
a.1.By or for African-Americans, or characteristic of their culture; as, soul music; soul newspapers; soul food.

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