Definition of life force in US English:

life force

noun

  • 1The force or influence that gives something its vitality or strength.

    ‘the passionate life force of the symphony’
    • ‘Though he is no more, his memory has the life force of a flowing river.’
    • ‘You might not like the final product - you might even hate its obsessive and arch re-use of movie and TV history - but you can't argue with its life force.’
    • ‘A la Recherche du Temps Perdu confirms what I have always felt about him: that he is a life force.’
    • ‘You seem to control the life force as you swing lucrative business deals and turn things around.’
    • ‘Feel its vital life force obliterating anger and irritation - flowing, shaping and creating your heart's desire.’
    • ‘Menstruation affects half the population, but is vastly avoided by the general public and regarded not as a life force, but as a curse.’
    • ‘To play disc one is to rediscover the swift 4/4 punk stomp as the elementary rhythmic life force it should be.’
    • ‘Feel its vital life force surging through your system, obliterating anger and irritation, radiating peace outwards from your heart.’
    • ‘Water - a mysterious life force that carries dimensions impossible to penetrate - is central to the image.’
    • ‘It is thus the life force of much of the entertainment industry.’
    • ‘The term we will give to this life force within us is Vitality.’
    • ‘The Mafia's infiltration of every level of official life diverted much-needed funds and sucked the city dry of its life force.’
    1. 1.1 The spirit or energy that animates living creatures; the soul.
      • ‘As one of her teachers put it, Vicky had such a strong life force, and it is this strength we miss the most about her.’
      • ‘Until now, the life force that grew with the strength of the sun has been retreating into the fruit and the grain.’
      • ‘The greeting acknowledges that we all share the same breath, the same universal life force.’
      • ‘That must be why they provide us with all these free food and water - it's probably enhanced with some chemical that leaches the life force out of you.’
      • ‘‘Our life force is completely dependent on a supply of oxygen and correct breathing is essential,’ she says.’
      • ‘Torn between his life force and a death wish, he favors each in turn.’
      • ‘In the end, the humans leave the planet, defeated by its mysterious, profoundly subversive life force.’
      • ‘If you have sufficient physical energy but are feeling dull and languid, you need a movement pattern with some creative fire to spark your life force.’
      • ‘He promptly assessed that he need samplings of my life force which required a trip to the Vampires' Lair, two floors below.’
      • ‘This consciousness is the Brahman or the supreme life force.’
      • ‘Only he survived the fall and, despite massive injuries, he was able to muster a short account of what happened before his life force ebbed away within hours of the disaster.’
      • ‘And his life force was so strong that in spite of this modest shelter and the total lack of medical care, he triumphed over death.’
      • ‘Practiced correctly these help to boost our life force by stimulating the metabolic rate and nourishing the body to a stronger healthier state.’
      • ‘Does being with this person add to my life force or do they rob me of my energy?’
      • ‘So a dream of bleeding gums would indicate a loss of life force through the suppression of thoughts and feelings, and lack of support for one's decisions.’
      • ‘Those late-August rains aroused the life force in every dormant weed seed in Western Washington.’
      • ‘The past few days, filled with activity, have sucked the very life force from my body.’
      • ‘Indeed, the life force or Shakti within each one of us is swaying, much like a snake, to the incessant drumbeat played by her consort, Kal, Time or Shiva.’
      • ‘At that moment, I felt like the life force was leaving my body and I was paralyzed, as my mind raced.’
      • ‘The fish, if you caught any, symbolise the life force you're trying to contact.’
      moving spirit, moving force, animating spirit, vital spirit, spirit, vital spark, lifeblood, essence, core, heart, soul, strength, quintessence, substance
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Pronunciation

life force

/ˈlaɪf ˌfɔrs//ˈlīf ˌfôrs/