Spir·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spirited; p. pr. & vb. n. Spiriting.]
1. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up.
Many officers and private men spirit up and assist those obstinate people to continue in their rebellion. --Swift.
2. To convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off.
The ministry had him spirited away, and carried abroad as a dangerous person. --Arbuthnot & Pope.
I felt as if I had been spirited into some castle of antiquity. --Willis.
Spiriting away Law, causing to leave; the offense of inducing a witness to leave a jurisdiction so as to evade process requiring attendance at trial.
1. Animated or possessed by a spirit. [Obs.] “So talked the spirited, sly snake.”
2. Animated; full of life or vigor; lively; full of spirit or fire; as, a spirited oration; a spirited answer.
Note: ☞ Spirited is much used in composition; as in high-spirited, low-spirited, mean-spirited, etc.
Syn: -- Lively; vivacious; animated; ardent; active; bold; courageous.
-- Spir*it*ed*ly, adv. -- Spir*it*ed*ness, n.
adj 1: displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness [ant: spiritless]
2: marked by lively action; "a bouncing gait"; "bouncy tunes";
"the peppy and interesting talk"; "a spirited dance" [syn:
bouncing, bouncy, peppy, zippy]
3: willing to face danger [syn: game, gamy, gamey, gritty,
4: made lively or spirited; "a meal enlivened by the music"; "a
spirited debate" [syn: enlivened]