• (noun): The animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity.
  • (noun): The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
  • (noun): The disembodied spirit of a dead human.
  • (noun): A human: "the homes of some nine hundred souls” ( Garrison Keillor).
  • (noun): The central or integral part; the vital core: "It saddens me that this network ... may lose its soul, which is after all the quest for news” ( Marvin Kalb).
  • (noun): A person considered as the perfect embodiment of an intangible quality; a personification: I am the very soul of discretion.
  • (noun): A person's emotional or moral nature: "An actor is ... often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world but dare not” ( Alec Guinness).
  • (noun): A sense of ethnic pride among Black people and especially African Americans, expressed in areas such as language, social customs, religion, and music.
  • (noun): A strong, deeply felt emotion conveyed by a speaker, a performer, or an artist.
  • (noun): Soul music.

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  • (noun): a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s; "soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"
  • (noun): the human embodiment of something; "the soul of honor"
  • (noun): deep feeling or emotion
  • (noun): a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
  • (noun): the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life

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In many religious, philosophical, and mythological traditions, there is a belief in the incorporeal essence of a living being called the soul.Soul or psyche (Ancient Greek: ψυχή psūkhḗ, of ψύχειν psū́khein, \"to breathe\") are the mental abilities of a living being: reason, character, feeling, consciousness, memory, perception, thinking, etc.
Depending on the philosophical system, a soul can either be mortal or immortal. In Judeo-Christianity, only human beings have immortal souls (although immortality is disputed within Judaism and may have been influenced by Plato). For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed \"soul\" (anima) to all organisms but argued that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Hinduism and Jainism) hold that all living things from the smallest bacterium to the largest of mammals are the souls themselves (Atman, jiva) and have their physical representative (the body) in the world. The actual self is the soul, while the body is only a mechanism to experience the karma of that life i.e if we see a tiger then there is a self conscious identity residing in it (the soul), and a physical representative (the whole body of tiger which is observable) in the world.
Some teach that even non-biological entities (such as rivers and mountains) possess souls. This belief is called animism.Greek philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, understood that the soul (ψυχή psūchê) must have a logical faculty, the exercise of which was the most divine of human actions. At his defense trial, Socrates even summarized his teaching as nothing other than an exhortation for his fellow Athenians to excel in matters of the psyche since all bodily goods are dependent on such excellence (Apology 30a–b).
Anima mundi is the concept of a \"world soul\" connecting all living organisms on planet Earth.

Example Sentences

  • "I can respect a _soul_, sir," replied Emma, warmly, -- "a soul made in the image of God, though it were sunk in the very depths of pollution and wretchedness; and so can the 'Great and Holy One,' Mr. Sliver, or he never would have sent his Son to redeem the world."

  • It is of the highest importance to the developing soul to unfold into a realization of this relationship and unity, _for when this conception is once fully established the soul is enabled to rise above certain of the lower planes, and is free from the operation of certain laws that bind the undeveloped soul_.

  • For it is the soul which manifests as _body_, which thinks as _mind_, which feels and loves as _heart_, and which is what it is -- though not perhaps what it really or finally is -- as _soul_.

  • It may be well to fall into the usage of ordinary speech, and speak of that which survives death as the _soul_, so long as we keep in mind what is really meant, viz., that it is the soul _united with the spirit_ which survives death.

  • "No soul, Excellenza; rest assured, no _soul_ -- Again the mortar."

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