Definition of vital force in English:

vital force


  • 1[mass noun] The energy or spirit which animates living creatures; the soul.

    ‘the principle which animates the human being can be visualized as the vital force’
    • ‘The vital force infused or induced was as clear and certain as the strength given by food to those who are faint from hunger.’
    • ‘It was believed that a mirror could hold onto the soul and vital force of the person reflected, so if the mirror was covered, the deceased's soul would not be fettered to the deathbed.’
    • ‘The Hebrew words ruah, meaning breath or wind or spirit, and nefesh, the vital force in every individual, human and animal, that which brings flesh alive.’
    • ‘Astragalus membranaceus. has been used in China for centuries to tone the ‘Qi,’ known in Western medicine as the immune system, the vital force.’
    • ‘When this is properly done, vital force need not be used up unnecessarily in fighting diseases.’
    • ‘Entelechy is a particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and an inner strength and vital force directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being.’
    • ‘Chief among these teachings is that the body is not an independent material organism and that good health depends on a harmonious relationship between the physical body, spirit or vital force, the soul, and the ego.’
    • ‘Eclecticism and homeopathy both relied on precise methods of regulating what is called the vital force.’
    • ‘Like most of his contemporaries, Hahnemann believed that health was a matter of balance and harmony, but for him it was the vital force, the spirit in the body, that did the balancing and harmonizing, that is, the healing.’
    • ‘The symbolic transfer of vital force is also identified in cyclical family-naming traditions and mortuary practices, especially mummification and double burial (disinterred bones were transferred to an ossuary).’
    • ‘There is evidence to suggest that a primary intention of the seven-month tingkeban may once have been to invite the semangat or the vital force into the foetus in the same way as it is invited into rice.’
    • ‘Indeed, most cultures have believed in the existence of a vital force: the Chinese call it chi; the Hindus know it as prana; the ancient Greeks used to call it pneuma or psyche, while the Romans talked about three kinds of spirits.’
    • ‘The essence of aikido is the cultivation of ki [a vital force, internal power, mental/spiritual energy].’
    • ‘In this schema, the nyawa secures life, the semangat is the vital force, the ruh is the spirit, and the arwah is also glossed as spirit, but these categories appear to overlap and are differently conceptualised among his informants.’
    • ‘This allows the possibility that prana, qi, bioenergy or vital force could exist as a spark of undifferentiated vitality in all beings that can be mastered through specific contemplative practices.’
    • ‘Wastage of the vital force weakens the mind and brings about all sorts of problems, like deterioration of health, suicides, domestic conflicts, giving vent to anger, hatred, jealousy, etc.’
    • ‘Maybe the idea was to get his vital force as fresh as possible.’
    spirit, psyche, innermost self, inner being, true being, essential nature, animating principle, life force, vital force, inner man, inner woman
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    1. 1.1Philosophy (in some theories, particularly that of Bergson) a hypothetical force, independent of physical and chemical forces, regarded as being the causative factor in the evolution and development of living organisms.
      • ‘If some vital force were present, he argued, then perpetual motion would become possible.’
      • ‘Many scientists believed in the early nineteenth century that organic matter was the product of a vital force operating in living organisms, which the chemist could never mimic in the laboratory.’
      • ‘These enzymes would then spare the body of the need to produce its own enzymes, thus conserving the vital force for other activities, like immunity and free radical scavenging.’
      • ‘He must assure himself that this historic crystal was the same as that formed under the influence of the so-called vital force.’
      • ‘While interpreters have thus far said that the " marmas " were masses of tissue surrounding vital organs, they actually represented the stimulating points that contained the vital force, the trio claim.’
      • ‘This observation has led some philosophers to claim that the organizing tendency apparent in living systems is evidence for a vital force, operating outside the realm of physics and chemistry.’
      • ‘The idea of vital force, believed to be locked away in molecules of natural origin, was destroyed in 1828 when Wohler produced the naturally-occurring substance urea from inorganic starting materials.’
      • ‘The Etheric vital force also constitutes the substratum of mental experience, for all the ideas and images within the mind are generated out of its substance.’
      • ‘Instead, he argued that disease should be treated by helping the vital force restore the body to harmony and balance.’
      existence, living, life, animation, animateness, aliveness, reality, actuality, essential nature, lifeblood, vital force, entity
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