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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
soul
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
heart and soul (=all your feelings)
▪ She loved Peter with all her heart and soul.
pour out your heart/soul (=tell someone all your feelings, including your most secret ones)
sensitive soulBritish English (= someone who is easily upset by small or unimportant things)
soul food
soul jazz
soul mate
soul music
soul patch
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
brave
▪ Inspired by the Sixties, we asked a few brave souls to take the plunge and dress up like latter-day Twiggys.
▪ A few stalls stood uncovered and some brave souls made their way through the ankle-deep, mucky slush.
▪ A few brave souls danced while others enjoyed a good sing-song.
▪ I refused to sign it and one or two brave souls joined me.
▪ They said he was a brave soul, and an inspirational international leader.
human
▪ The random scattering of seeds, and how much worse, of human souls, appalled her.
▪ Yet the human soul can not tolerate injustice.
▪ Yet he wonders whether the human soul can dilate to comprehend a world which lacks localities and the native affections they inspire.
▪ Penn shows us the human soul inside a monstrous man.
▪ Such experiments had a bearing on the problem of the nature of the human soul.
▪ It tore past me, and I suddenly knew: the Wild Huntsman had commanded it to carry away a human soul.
▪ Part of the diet is meat, and to many the human body, soul, and smell constitute meat.
▪ But she can never entirely master a human soul - not unless you consent to it!
immortal
▪ Frankenstein was no Faust, exchanging his immortal soul for power.
living
▪ You mustn't tell a living soul what you just told me.
▪ Here they re-live the life of a pioneer in the wilderness, when the nearest living soul was 20 miles away.
▪ And that business about her obsession with him; she had never mentioned that to a living soul.
▪ No living soul appears in this desert of desolation, encompassed by appalling silence.
▪ Holly here's the only living soul I told.
lost
▪ The howling wind outside sounded like the wailing of lost souls.
▪ Those lost souls are so impoverished that they shave their heads in order that they may rub alcohol into them.
▪ And Sam Spiro - he had been like a lost soul since his wife died.
▪ There were some poor lost souls last week at the Ordnance Survey office in Chester.
▪ They were the voices of lost souls, all taking their lead from the one voice that had spoken Cardiff's name.
▪ Yet somehow she was very much part of the group and her loudness underlined yet another lost soul.
▪ Imagine her delight when a lost soul returns, through her good offices, to the fold.
▪ A few lost souls wander aimlessly down to the front and stare up at Bono's frantic, manic animation, briefly bemused.
poor
▪ He wants offers in excess of £1.4m. Poor souls.
▪ There seemed to be a cop for every fan, and only one poor soul tried to make it happen for himself.
▪ It was Tumbleweed. Poor soul!
▪ Voters, poor souls, are likely to be confused.
▪ It would not be so disconcerting if they were all eaten, the poor wee souls.
▪ I am but a poor struggling soul yearning to be wholly good....
▪ King Robert himself hardly counted, poor soul.
▪ And then: poor Black. Poor soul.
sensitive
▪ Is your baby a cheeky chappie or a sensitive soul?
▪ A sensitive soul walked into this town like a white missionary into a malarial swamp.
▪ Teachers, after all, are sensitive souls and easily upset - especially P.E. teachers.
▪ The sensitive souls found her more difficult to stomach.
▪ Morvael was a sensitive highly-strung soul, often troubled by terrible nightmares and dreams.
simple
▪ Under our sophistication we are simple souls.
▪ He introduced me to one simple, trusting soul.
■ NOUN
food
▪ There's plenty of great soul food in the Bay Area. 3.
▪ Musicians often finish their set and prowl the fairgrounds in search of new sounds and soul food.
▪ So, two nights a week, the Packers cater soul food from a restaurant in Milwaukee, 100 miles away.
mate
▪ To Chrissie he is a friend, to Terry a revelatory lover, and to Melanie a soul mate.
▪ They have founded a constitutional-covenant community for soul mates in Idaho.
▪ It wasn't the kind of reaction I'd expect from a man who had just killed his so-called soul mate.
▪ This man, much like his Southern soul mate at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, is a survivor.
▪ It will be easier to find a soul mate elsewhere than in one's own backyard.
▪ The film, Him, is a romantic comedy role about a woman's search for a soul mate.
music
▪ The girls at my school like soul music, and singers like Neneh Cherry and Janet Jackson.
▪ Fortunately, there's usually groovy soul music playing and eye-catching art adorning the walls.
▪ It's quite clear that the influence of soul music in pop has become poisonous, repressive, grey and total.
▪ Real soul music, translated into psychedelia.
▪ Finally the new adverts themselves were partly responsible for the revival of early 1960s soul music in the late 1980s.
▪ Procul Harum superimpose on the Bach harmonies a vocal whose style derives from soul music.
■ VERB
bare
▪ With their banshee wails, squalling guitars and naked aggression, they are baring their souls and they are angry.
▪ Marie had never understood how women could bare their souls with such ease, exposing themselves so shamelessly to one another.
▪ I don't have to stand here baring my soul in order to make you feel better and less of a victim!
▪ No parent is going to bare their soul to an uninterested, cool, busy professional.
▪ Some bare their souls on their feet and some bare their souls in the bars.
▪ The legislation gave the Government generally and the Home Office in particular an opportunity to bare its liberal soul.
▪ To bare one's soul to a member of my profession, Mr Barnett, is no small hurdle to surmount.
keep
▪ Hope is an every day essential that is needed in each of the characters to keep their minds and souls alive.
▪ Struggling peasants they'd be for the most part, trying to keep body and soul together in difficult times.
lose
▪ There certainly is something to be won and something to be lost-our very souls.
▪ He feels he has lost his soul and is thus unworthy of the worldly yet innocent Ada.
▪ In the pursuit of scientific credibility, Friends of the Earth temporarily lost its soul.
▪ From then on I knew that he lost his soul.
▪ The Greenham camp was a bit like the Foreign Legion for Polly, a place to nurse a lost soul.
▪ How long had I been wandering about Warsaw like a lost soul?
▪ It lost its soul and it almost executed an innocent, abused woman.
▪ Also patron of lost souls and mariners.
pour
▪ I think he poured his heart and soul into dance.
pray
▪ I can hardly pray for her soul.
▪ A white preacher who prayed for their souls while Sethe peeled potatoes and Grandma Baby sucked air.
▪ She would be now, as she had been all that day, out praying for his soul.
▪ Christina believed she was released from the afterlife to pray for the souls in purgatory.
▪ You could spend your entire life praying for the holy souls, to get them out of purgatory.
▪ Since my college days, when I supported Jack Kennedy for president, my parents had been praying for my soul.
save
▪ Such a conditioning would save not only their souls but their necks.
▪ Moses, to save his soul, could not let this pass.
▪ No longer need he envy his long-dead friend, Martin Fenlon, for having saved the soul of an unrepentant sinner.
▪ How it proved people had to be saved financially before you could save their souls.
▪ Get a few ranters together and they give you broth if you let them save your soul.
▪ He was about to save the soul of a little boy.
▪ Go back a few hundred years and look around: there are politicians squabbling for power, priests saving souls, etc.
sell
▪ A whole week in Paris at Easter seemed to her something for which she would willingly have sold her soul.
▪ She was accused of being a Salem witch for selling her soul to the devil at the strawberry banks.
▪ Bertinotti accuses Cossutta of selling his political soul.
▪ The fact that we would literally sell our soul to Continental Airlines.
▪ Faustus wilfully ends himself; he sells his soul to the devil.
▪ If he were mine, I would rather sell my soul.
▪ Timothy was agonising over her, when Honor West would have sold her soul for a single kiss from him.
▪ He doesn't accuse us of selling our souls.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
God rest his/her soul
God rest his/her soul
bare your soul
▪ I don't have to stand here baring my soul in order to make you feel better and less of a victim!
▪ Marie had never understood how women could bare their souls with such ease, exposing themselves so shamelessly to one another.
▪ No parent is going to bare their soul to an uninterested, cool, busy professional.
▪ Some bare their souls on their feet and some bare their souls in the bars.
▪ With their banshee wails, squalling guitars and naked aggression, they are baring their souls and they are angry.
bless my soul/I'll be blessed!
body and soul
▪ It makes your body and soul feel better.
▪ She devoted herself body and soul to the fight for women's rights.
▪ But now there is a new battle for the body and soul of Rolls-Royce.
▪ By extension, bodies and souls can exist independently since they are different sorts of entities.
▪ He'd have wished to own her, body and soul, to possess her.
▪ It lasted only one and a half hours but it satisfied body and soul.
▪ She'd finally realised that what she needed was to commit mind, body and soul into something challenging and exciting.
▪ The materials do include assertions about the constitution of humans and do make a distinction between body and soul.
▪ Thus far Plato and Aristotle attribute similar statements to the Orphics: body and soul are separable.
▪ Yet there was, in Orphism, a distinction between body and soul.
keep body and soul together
▪ Struggling peasants they'd be for the most part, trying to keep body and soul together in difficult times.
lost soul
▪ Also patron of lost souls and mariners.
▪ Also patron of infants and lost souls.
▪ And Sam Spiro - he had been like a lost soul since his wife died.
▪ How long had I been wandering about Warsaw like a lost soul?
▪ Ralph could hear himself telling this story to some lost soul in a diner.
▪ The howling wind outside sounded like the wailing of lost souls.
▪ There were some poor lost souls last week at the Ordnance Survey office in Chester.
▪ Those lost souls are so impoverished that they shave their heads in order that they may rub alcohol into them.
sell your soul (to the devil)
▪ A whole week in Paris at Easter seemed to her something for which she would willingly have sold her soul.
▪ Faustus wilfully ends himself; he sells his soul to the devil.
▪ He doesn't accuse us of selling our souls.
▪ If he were mine, I would rather sell my soul.
▪ Men who have sold their souls to the darkness.
▪ She was accused of being a Salem witch for selling her soul to the devil at the strawberry banks.
▪ The fact that we would literally sell our soul to Continental Airlines.
▪ Timothy was agonising over her, when Honor West would have sold her soul for a single kiss from him.
the life and soul of the party
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A lot of local residents say the downtown area is losing its soul.
▪ He knew in his soul that Linda was never going to change.
▪ Mabel felt sure that her soul would be saved.
▪ Only a few brave souls ventured outdoors in Monday's storm.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A housewife soul must metamorphose into a full-blown housewife.
▪ Anticipated in December and enjoyed in January, February citrus can torture the souls of tree owners.
▪ Early pub gigs garnered a devoted following, but also a reputation for privileging musicianship over soul.
▪ How can one cultivate and cherish this rare fruit of the soul?
▪ In an ironically tender twist, the boorish facade turns out to conceal the soul of an artist.
▪ In fact, there is not a soul on the streets.
▪ Second-hand soul, funky horns, wandering blues-style vocals, all derivative life is here.
▪ The older documents tell almost nothing about concern for the souls of these Negroes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
soul

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
soul

"A substantial entity believed to be that in each person which lives, feels, thinks and wills" [Century Dictionary], Old English sawol "spiritual and emotional part of a person, animate existence; life, living being," from Proto-Germanic *saiwalo (cognates: Old Saxon seola, Old Norse sala, Old Frisian sele, Middle Dutch siele, Dutch ziel, Old High German seula, German Seele, Gothic saiwala), of uncertain origin.\n

\nSometimes said to mean originally "coming from or belonging to the sea," because that was supposed to be the stopping place of the soul before birth or after death [Barnhart]; if so, it would be from Proto-Germanic *saiwaz (see sea). Klein explains this as "from the lake," as a dwelling-place of souls in ancient northern Europe.\n

\nMeaning "spirit of a deceased person" is attested in Old English from 971. As a synonym for "person, individual, human being" (as in every living soul) it dates from early 14c. Soul-searching (n.) is attested from 1871, from the phrase used as a past participle adjective (1610s). Distinguishing soul from spirit is a matter best left to theologians.

soul

"instinctive quality felt by black persons as an attribute," 1946, jazz slang, from soul (n.1). Also from this sense are soul brother (1957), soul sister (1967), soul food (1957), etc. Soul music, essentially gospel music with "girl," etc., in place of "Jesus," first attested 1961; William James used the term in 1900, in a spiritual/romantic sense, but in reference to inner music.

Wiktionary
soul

Etymology 1 alt. (context religion folklore English) The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death. n. (context religion folklore English) The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death. vb. (context obsolete transitive English) To endue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind. Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) To afford suitable sustenance.

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

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

  3. deep feeling or emotion [syn: 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"

Wikipedia
Soul

The soul in many religions, philosophical and mythological traditions, is the incorporeal and immortal essence of a living being. According to Abrahamic religions, only human beings have immortal souls. For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed "soul" (anima) to all organisms but argued that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Hinduism and Jainism) teach that all biological organisms have souls, while some teach that even non-biological entities (such as rivers and mountains) possess souls. This latter belief is called animism.

Greek philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, understood that the psyche (ψυχή) must have a logical faculty, the exercise of which was the most divine of human actions. At his defense trial, Socrates even summarized his teaching as nothing other than an exhortation for his fellow Athenians to excel in matters of the psyche since all bodily goods are dependent on such excellence ( The Apology 30a–b).

Anima mundi is the concept of a "world soul" connecting all living organisms on planet Earth.

Soul (disambiguation)

Soul may refer to:

Soul (building)

Soul is a tall residential tower local along the Esplanade, close to Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It has overtaken Circle on Cavill as the second tallest building on the Gold Coast, behind Q1. The building was approved by the Gold Coast City Council in October 2004 and finished construction in 2012 along with the next stage of the Gold Coast renovation project.

It was developed by Juniper Group, and constructed by Grocon at a cost of A$850 million.

Soul (Seal album)

Soul is the sixth studio album by British singer Seal, which was released on 10 November 2008. The album was produced by David Foster, and co-produced, engineered and mixed by Jochem van der Saag. It is made up of cover versions of eleven soul music classics.

The album charted within the top 10 in twelve countries. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number twelve. As of January 2012, the album had sold 419,841 copies in the UK. The album peaked at number thirteen in the United States on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It has since sold 547,000 copies in the US.

Soul (The Kentucky Headhunters album)

Soul is the sixth studio album released by American country rock & southern rock band The Kentucky Headhunters. It was released in 2003 on Audium Entertainment. No singles were released from the album, although one of the tracks, "Have You Ever Loved a Woman?", was first a single for Freddie King in 1960.

Soul (Lena Horne album)

Soul is a 1966 studio album by Lena Horne, arranged by Ray Ellis. Soul was the third of four albums Lena Horne recorded for United Artists Records. Recorded between September 9th 1965 and March 11th 1966, and released in June 1966. The album was re-issued on CD in 1996 by EMI and re-released by DRG in 2007 with six bonus tracks.

Soul (TV series)

Soul (; also known as Possessed) is a 2009 South Korean crime horror television drama series, starring Lim Ju-eun and Lee Seo-jin. It is about a high school girl possessed by spirits and the criminal profiler who exploits her powers in his quest for justice, played by Im and Lee respectively. It aired on MBC from August 5 to September 3, 2009 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 10 episodes.

Soul (series)

The is a weapon-based fighting video game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment. There are six installments of the video game and various media spin-offs, including music albums and a series of manga books. Originally released as an arcade game with Soul Edge in 1996, and later ported to video game consoles, more recent versions have been released for consoles only and have evolved to include online playing modes.

The central motif of the series, set in a historical fantasy version of the 16th century, are mythical swords, the evil weapon called 'Soul Edge' and the subsequent sword used to oppose this evil, 'Soul Calibur'. While it has developed during its various iterations, some of the characters and gameplay elements have remained consistent throughout the series. It is one of the most popular and successful franchises in the fighting game genre.

Project Soul is the internal Namco development group responsible for the Soul franchise after the release of Soulcalibur II. Although the games are usually simply credited to Namco itself, the team established its name to draw attention to the group's combined accomplishments.

Soul (Coleman Hawkins album)

Soul is an album by saxophonist Coleman Hawkins which was recorded in 1958 and released on the Prestige label.

Soul (2013 film)

Soul is a 2013 Taiwanese horror film written and directed by Chung Mong-Hong. The film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated. The film was screened in the Vanguard section of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Soul (Ravenhill album)

Soul is a the first studio album by Ravenhill. Slospeak Records released the album on March 24, 2015.

Usage examples of "soul".

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

But whatever may be the phases of the arts, there is the abiding principle of symmetry in the body of man, that goes erect, like an upright soul.

For if invocations, conjurations, fumigations and adorations are used, then an open pact is formed with the devil, even if there has been no surrender of body and soul together with explicit abjuration of the Faith either wholly or in part.

Beside the cushion was a vacant throne, radiant as morning in the East, ablaze with devices in gold and gems, a seat to fill the meanest soul with sensations of majesty and tempt dervishes to the sitting posture.

It was to have been a glorious rebirth--but not all souls were approved, nor were all tombs inviolate, so that certain grotesque mistakes and fiendish abnormalities were to be looked for.

So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.

Soul towards the higher, the agent, and except in so far as the conjunction is absolutely necessary, to sever the agent from the instrument, the body, so that it need not forever have its Act upon or through this inferior.

It was not at the agonized contortions and posturing of the wretched boy that he was shocked, but at the cosmic obscenity of these beings which could drag to light the abysmal secrets that sleep in the unfathomed darkness of the human soul, and find pleasure in the brazen flaunting of such things as should not be hinted at, even in restless nightmares.

As he said the last words my converter rose, and went to the window to dry his tears, I felt deeply moved, anal full of admiration for the virtue of De la Haye and of his pupil, who, to save his soul, had placed himself under the hard necessity of accepting alms.

The Brattles, Hannah Flood and her children, and five other families--forty souls in all--had made it to some caves on the south end of the Achor Marshes and had remained hidden there for a week now.

The English, despite the fact that they are in the doctrine of faith alone, nevertheless in the exhortation to the Holy Communion openly teach self-examination, acknowledgment, confession of sins, penitence and renewal of life, and warn those who do not do these things with the words that otherwise the devil will enter into them as he did into Judas, fill them with all iniquity, and destroy both body and soul.

He had often done so, in days past, when he considered the soul of Acton van Reuter and where it might currently reside.

Soul, presiding over the conjunction of the two, and to be thought of not as labouring in the task but as administering serenely by little more than an act of presence.

Matter, by the faculties of the Soul that operate and by the nature of their operation, whether seeing, acting, or merely admitting impression.

Now admitting the existence of a living thing that is at once a Thought and its object, it must be a Life distinct from the vegetative or sensitive life or any other life determined by Soul.