One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘painting is the art of reaching the soul through the eyes’
spirit, psyche, self, inner self, innermost self, ego, inner ego, inner being, true being, essential nature, animating principle, life force, vital force, inner man, inner woman
persona, identity, personality, individuality, make-up, subconscious
technical anima, pneuma
2‘he is the very soul of discretion’
embodiment, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence
type, symbol, picture, model, symbolization, exemplification, exemplar, image, representation, likeness, manifestation
3‘there was not a soul in sight’
person, human being, individual, man, woman, man, woman, or child, human, being, living soul, mortal, creature, body
4‘their interpretation lacked soul’
inspiration, feeling, emotion, passion, animation, intensity, fervour, ardour, enthusiasm, eagerness, warmth, energy, vitality, vivacity, spirit, spiritedness, commitment
rare fervency, ardency, passionateness
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