What is soul?

  • (noun): Deep feeling or emotion.
    Synonyms: soulfulness
    See also — Additional definitions below


The soul, in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object. According to some religions (including the Abrahamic religions in most of their forms), souls—or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine—belong only to human beings. For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed "soul" (anima) to all organisms but taught that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Jainism) teach that all biological organisms have souls, and others further still that even non-biological entities (such as rivers and mountains) possess souls. This latter belief is called animism. Anima mundi and the Dharmic Ātman are concepts of a "world soul."

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Sam & Dave
... Sam Dave were an American soul and rhythm and blues (R B) duo who performed together from 1961 through 1981 ... Fame, Sam Dave were the most successful soul duo, and brought the sounds of the black gospel church to pop music with their call-and-response records ... Memphis, Tennessee, from 1965 through 1968, these included "Soul Man", "Hold On, I'm Comin", "I Thank You", "When Something is Wrong with My Baby", "Wrap It Up", and many other Southern Soul classics ...
Urban Soul
... Urban Soul was a UK/US house music studio project assembled by producer, songwriter and vocalist Roland Clark ... Urban Soul hit the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart seven times through the 1990s, including hitting #1 in 1997 with the track "Show Me." Other Urban Soul ...
Rare Groove
... Rare groove is defined as very hard to source or relatively obscure soul or jazz music ... to sub-genres including jazz fusion, Latin jazz, soul, R B, northern soul, and disco ...
Human Touch - Personnel
... drums/percussion Roy Bittan – keyboards with Sam Moore – backing vocals on "Soul Driver", "Roll of the Dice, "Real World" and "Man's Job" Patti ...
Vaizard - Non-Soul Reapers - Vandenreich
... centuries ago, the Vandenreich has prepared to exact revenge on the Soul Reapers once amassing enough power to do so ... Shuterunrittā?, German for "Star Knights") an elite force currently invading Soul Society ... As of Chapter 502, approximately 16 Quincies have appeared, along with Juha Bach, within the Soul Society to wage war against the Soul Reapers, leading to the ...

More definitions of "soul":

  • (noun): The immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life.
    Synonyms: psyche
  • (noun): A secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s.
    Example: "Soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement"
  • (noun): The human embodiment of something.
    Example: "The soul of honor"

Famous quotes containing the word soul:

    O charitable philosopher, I beg you to help me. My mind is weak but my soul is strong. Kindle that soul, and the sacred fire shall never be extinguished.
    James Boswell (1740–1795)

    To be a poet is to have a soul so quick to discern, that no shade of quality escapes it, and so quick to feel, that discernment is but a hand playing with finely-ordered variety on the chords of emotion—a soul in which knowledge passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling flashes back as a new organ of knowledge. One may have that condition by fits only.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)

    The spirit of the world, the great calm presence of the creator, comes not forth to the sorceries of opium or of wine. The sublime vision comes to the pure and simple soul in a clean and chaste body.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)