sprightliness of spirit or wit; lively intelligence.
spirit and liveliness, esp in wit
1590s, from Middle French esprit “spirit, mind,” from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus “spirit” (see spirit).
For initial e-, see especial. Esprit de corps first recorded 1780. French also has the excellent phrase esprit de l’escalier, literally “spirit of the staircase,” defined in OED as, “a retort or remark that occurs to a person after the opportunity to make it has passed.” It also has espirit fort, a “strong-minded” person, one independent of current prejudices, especially a freethinker in religion.
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[e-spree duh kawr] /ɛˈspri də ˈkɔr/ noun 1. a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc. /ɛˈspriː də ˈkɔː; French ɛspri də kɔr/ noun 1. consciousness of and pride in belonging to a particular group; the sense of […]
[es-prawn-the-th ah, -se-] /ˌɛs prɔnˈθɛ ðɑ, -ˈsɛ-/ noun 1. José de [haw-se th e] /hɔˈsɛ ðɛ/ (Show IPA), 1808–42, Spanish poet.
espundia es·pun·di·a (ĭ-spŭn’dē-ə, ěs-pōōn’dyä) n. A type of American leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania braziliensis that affects the mucous membranes, particularly of the nose and mouth, resulting in grossly destructive changes. Also called Breda’s disease.
[ih-spahy] /ɪˈspaɪ/ verb (used with object), espied, espying. 1. to see at a distance; catch sight of. [es-pee] /ˈɛs pi/ noun 1. James Pollard [pol-erd] /ˈpɒl ərd/ (Show IPA), 1785–1860, U.S. meteorologist. /ɪˈspaɪ/ verb -pies, -pying, -pied 1. (transitive) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detect: to espy a ship […]