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1Full of energy, enthusiasm, and determination:‘a spirited campaigner for women's rights’
lively, vivacious, vibrant, full of life, vital, animated, high-spirited, sparkling, sprightly, energetic, active, vigorous, dynamic, dashing, enthusiastic, passionate, fierycourageous, brave, plucky, bold, valiant, mettlesome, intrepid, determined, resolute, enterprisingfeisty, spunky, have-a-go, gutsy, ballsypeppyView synonyms
- ‘This spirited and vivacious cricketer is a fighter, a towering all-rounder in the making.’
- ‘The one real sign of life in the first half was a spirited speech made by Colin Powell.’
- ‘The spirited mother's courage and love for her son lend the narrative warmth and dignity.’
- ‘Ballykelly took the points after a lively encounter against a spirited Eadestown challenge.’
- ‘These engines guarantee spirited driving fun, combined with low fuel consumption and emissions.’
- ‘For a split second, I marvelled at his spirited attitude before it dawned on me that he was actually a tourist.’
- ‘He liked helping them out and he thought Charlotte had such a spirited character.’
- ‘Shammies survived a spirited attempt by the visitors to get back on level terms in the second half.’
- ‘The spirited team were then presented with their cup after securing victory by the tightest of margins.’
- ‘True to her spirited image, the bride proposed to the groom as he sped around a track in California.’
- ‘This has provoked a spirited defence from surviving members of the design team.’
- ‘As it turns out, Alison is quite the spirited child and is quite capable of damaging these men.’
- ‘The real substance in the book is found in her spirited emphasis on the importance of learning.’
- ‘Still the visitors pressed, but a spirited start to the second half was soon stifled.’
- ‘All three students agreed it was a lively, humorous, spirited debate and a rewarding experience.’
- ‘They're all 6 feet tall and in their sixties or seventies and they're spirited and feisty.’
- ‘It would be nice to report that the visitors mounted a spirited defence of their line from first to last, but that would be stretching the truth.’
- ‘The game was fast, the play spirited and strong and neither side was prepared to give an inch of turf unchallenged.’
- ‘They played an exciting and spirited game but met with strong opposition.’
- ‘Their spirited determination to proceed as normal was universally applauded.’
2[in combination] Having a specified character, attitude, or mood:‘a warm-hearted, generous-spirited man’
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