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Pronunciation: spir'it


  1. An alcoholic liquor stronger than wine (15%) obtained by distillation.
  2. Any distilled liquid.
  3. An alcoholic or hydroalcoholic solution of volatile substances. Some spirits are used as flavoring agents; others have medicinal value.

Synonym(s): spiritus

[L. spiritus, a breathing, life soul, fr. spiro, to breathe]

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