Monday, 27 April 2015

Espíritu

Today's word is: "espíritu" = spirit

In Spanish, “espíritu” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, which means spirit or ghost and is used as in:
  • Lo inmaterial es el espíritu (the immaterial part is the spirit);


The noun “espiritualidad” is a related word meaning spirituality and is used in:
  • Una persona de reconocida espiritualidad (a person of well known spirituality)


The describing word/ adjective “espiritual” is also a related word meaning spiritual and is used as in:
  • Vida espiritual (spiritual life)


Some Spanish expressions with the word “espíritu” are:
  • Animar el espíritu (to raise the spirits/ to cheer up);
  • Espíritu áspero (rough breathing, Greek language accentuation mark)
  • El espíritu de contradicción (character trait of a person: apparent inborn predisposition/ irresistible urge to contradict or oppose);
    • Una vez más a la contra, eres el espíritu de la contradicción (once again true to character, you can't resist being contradictory)
  • Espíritu de sal (hydrochloric acid)
  • Espíritu inmundo (the Devil)
  • Espíritu maligno (the Devil)
  • Espíritu rudo (rough breathing, Greek language accentuation mark)
  • Espíritu Santo (Holy Ghost)
  • Espíritu suave (smooth breathing, Greek language accentuation mark)
  • Levantar el espíritu (to raise the spirits/ to cheer up);
  • Pobre de espíritu (poor in spirit)

Note

Spelling/ ortografía:
  • Accentuated/ con acento: espríritu
  • Not accentuated/ sin acento: espiritual, espiritualidad



Love-Spanish.com loves the word "espíritu" in the YouTube clip: Tontxu Espíritu de contradicción

For more on the word "espíritu", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Espíritu

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “espíritu” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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