Spir"it*u*ous (?), a. [Cf. (for sense 2) F. spiritueux. Cf. Spiritous.]


Having the quality of spirit; tenuous in substance, and having active powers or properties; ethereal; immaterial; spiritual; pure.


Containing, or of the nature of, alcoholic (esp. distilled) spirit; consisting of refined spirit; alcoholic; ardent; as, spirituous liquors.


Lively; gay; vivid; airy.


Sir H. Wotton.

The mind of man is of that spirituous, stirring nature, that it is perpetually at work. South.


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