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NOUN (5)

1. the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life;
[syn: soul, psyche]

2. a human being;
- Example: "there was too much for one person to do"
[syn: person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul]

3. deep feeling or emotion;
[syn: soul, soulfulness]

4. the human embodiment of something;
- Example: "the soul of honor"

5. a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s;
- Example: "soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Soul \Soul\ (s[=o]l), a. Sole. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Soul \Soul\, v. i. [F. so[^u]ler to satiate. See Soil to feed.] To afford suitable sustenance. [Obs.] --Warner. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Soul \Soul\, n. [OE. soule, saule, AS. s[=a]wel, s[=a]wl; akin to OFries. s?le, OS. s?ola, D. ziel, G. seele, OHG. s?la, s?ula, Icel. s[=a]la, Sw. sj[aum]l, Dan. siael, Goth. saiwala; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to L. saeculum a lifetime, age (cf. Secular.)] 1. The spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man; that part of man which enables him to think, and which renders him a subject of moral government; -- sometimes, in distinction from the higher nature, or spirit, of man, the so-called animal soul, that is, the seat of life, the sensitive affections and phantasy, exclusive of the voluntary and rational powers; -- sometimes, in distinction from the mind, the moral and emotional part of man's nature, the seat of feeling, in distinction from intellect; -- sometimes, the intellect only; the understanding; the seat of knowledge, as distinguished from feeling. In a more general sense, "an animating, separable, surviving entity, the vehicle of individual personal existence." --Tylor. [1913 Webster] The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing. --Law. [1913 Webster] 2. The seat of real life or vitality; the source of action; the animating or essential part. "The hidden soul of harmony." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart; as, the soul of an enterprise; an able general is the soul of his army. [1913 Webster] He is the very soul of bounty! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Energy; courage; spirit; fervor; affection, or any other noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature; inherent power or goodness. [1913 Webster] That he wants algebra he must confess; But not a soul to give our arms success. --Young. [1913 Webster] 5. A human being; a person; -- a familiar appellation, usually with a qualifying epithet; as, poor soul. [1913 Webster] As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. --Prov. xxv. 25. [1913 Webster] God forbid so many simple souls Should perish by the sword! --Shak. [1913 Webster] Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul). --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 6. A pure or disembodied spirit. [1913 Webster] That to his only Son . . . every soul in heaven Shall bend the knee. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 7. A perceived shared community and awareness among African-Americans. [PJC] 8. Soul music. [PJC] Note: Soul is used in the formation of numerous compounds, most of which are of obvious signification; as, soul-betraying, soul-consuming, soul-destroying, soul-distracting, soul-enfeebling, soul-exalting, soul-felt, soul-harrowing, soul-piercing, soul-quickening, soul-reviving, soul-stirring, soul-subduing, soul-withering, etc. [1913 Webster] Syn: Spirit; life; courage; fire; ardor. [1913 Webster] Cure of souls. See Cure, n., 2. Soul bell, the passing bell. --Bp. Hall. Soul foot. See Soul scot, below. [Obs.] Soul scot or Soul shot. [Soul + scot, or shot; cf. AS. s[=a]welsceat.] (O. Eccl. Law) A funeral duty paid in former times for a requiem for the soul. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Soul \Soul\ (s[=o]l), v. t. To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

soul \soul\ (s[=o]l), a. By or for African-Americans, or characteristic of their culture; as, soul music; soul newspapers; soul food. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

soul n 1: the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life [syn: soul, psyche] 2: a human being; "there was too much for one person to do" [syn: person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul] 3: deep feeling or emotion [syn: soul, soulfulness] 4: the human embodiment of something; "the soul of honor" 5: 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"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

275 Moby Thesaurus words for "soul": Adamite, Geist, Muse, afflatus, an existence, anima, anima humana, animating force, animus, ardency, ardor, article, astral body, atman, axiom, ba, bathmism, beating heart, being, biological clock, biorhythm, blood, body, bones, bosom, breast, breath, breath of life, buddhi, cat, center, center of life, chap, character, conscience, core, creative thought, creativity, creature, critter, customer, daemon, daimonion, deepest recesses, demon, differentiation, differentness, distillate, distillation, distinctiveness, divine afflatus, divine breath, divine spark, duck, dynamism, earthling, ecstasy, ego, egohood, elan vital, elixir, embodiment, emotion, energy, entelechy, entity, esoteric reality, esprit, essence, essence of life, essential, excitement, fabric, feeling, fellow, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fire, fire of genius, flower, focus, force, force of life, fundamental, furor, fury, genius, gist, gravamen, gross body, groundling, growth force, gusto, guts, guy, hand, head, heart, heart of hearts, heartbeat, heartblood, heartiness, heartstrings, heat, homo, human, human being, human factor, hypostasis, identity, impassionedness, impulse of life, incarnation, individual, individualism, individuality, inmost heart, inmost soul, inner, inner essence, inner landscape, inner life, inner man, inner nature, inner recess, inner self, innermost being, inside, inspiration, inspiriting force, integer, integrity, intellect, interior, interior man, intern, internal, intrados, inward, item, jiva, jivatma, joker, kama, kernel, khu, life, life breath, life cycle, life essence, life force, life principle, life process, lifeblood, linga sharira, liveliness, living force, living soul, man, manas, manes, marrow, material, matter, meat, medium, mind, module, monad, mortal, nephesh, nerve center, nominalism, nonconformity, nose, noumenon, nub, nucleus, nuts and bolts, object, one, oneness, organism, particularism, particularity, party, passion, passionateness, penetralia, person, persona, personage, personal equation, personal identity, personality, personification, personship, physical body, pith, pneuma, point, postulate, prana, principle, principle of desire, psyche, purusha, quick, quid, quiddity, quintessence, reason, recesses, relish, ruach, sap, savor, seat of life, secret heart, secret place, secret places, self-identity, selfhood, selfness, sentiment, shade, shadow, sincerity, single, singleton, singularity, somebody, someone, something, spark of life, spirit, spiritual being, spiritus, sthula sharira, stuff, substance, sum and substance, talent, tellurian, terran, the nitty-gritty, the self, thing, true being, true inwardness, typification, uniqueness, unit, vehemence, verve, vis vitae, vis vitalis, viscera, vital center, vital energy, vital flame, vital fluid, vital force, vital principle, vital spark, vital spirit, vitality, vitals, vivacity, warmth, warmth of feeling, woman, worldling, zeal
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

SOUL, n. A spiritual entity concerning which there hath been brave disputation. Plato held that those souls which in a previous state of existence (antedating Athens) had obtained the clearest glimpses of eternal truth entered into the bodies of persons who became philosophers. Plato himself was a philosopher. The souls that had least contemplated divine truth animated the bodies of usurpers and despots. Dionysius I, who had threatened to decapitate the broad- browed philosopher, was a usurper and a despot. Plato, doubtless, was not the first to construct a system of philosophy that could be quoted against his enemies; certainly he was not the last. "Concerning the nature of the soul," saith the renowned author of _Diversiones Sanctorum_, "there hath been hardly more argument than that of its place in the body. Mine own belief is that the soul hath her seat in the abdomen -- in which faith we may discern and interpret a truth hitherto unintelligible, namely that the glutton is of all men most devout. He is said in the Scripture to 'make a god of his belly' -- why, then, should he not be pious, having ever his Deity with him to freshen his faith? Who so well as he can know the might and majesty that he shrines? Truly and soberly, the soul and the stomach are one Divine Entity; and such was the belief of Promasius, who nevertheless erred in denying it immortality. He had observed that its visible and material substance failed and decayed with the rest of the body after death, but of its immaterial essence he knew nothing. This is what we call the Appetite, and it survives the wreck and reek of mortality, to be rewarded or punished in another world, according to what it hath demanded in the flesh. The Appetite whose coarse clamoring was for the unwholesome viands of the general market and the public refectory shall be cast into eternal famine, whilst that which firmly through civilly insisted on ortolans, caviare, terrapin, anchovies, _pates de foie gras_ and all such Christian comestibles shall flesh its spiritual tooth in the souls of them forever and ever, and wreak its divine thirst upon the immortal parts of the rarest and richest wines ever quaffed here below. Such is my religious faith, though I grieve to confess that neither His Holiness the Pope nor His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury (whom I equally and profoundly revere) will assent to its dissemination."