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“The English word spirit (from Latin spiritus “breath“) has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person’s spirit and soul often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and “spirit” can also have the sense of “ghost“, i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

Noun 1. disembodied spirit – any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings

spiritual beingsupernatural being – an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
control – a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
evil spirit – a spirit tending to cause harm
bansheebanshie – (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
djinndjinnidjinnygeniejinneejinni – (Islam) an invisible spirit mentioned in the Koran and believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals
familiar spiritfamiliar – a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
peri – (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done
apparitionfantasmphantasmphantasmaphantomspectrespecter – a ghostly appearing figure; “we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us”
presence – an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
kachina – a deified spirit of the Pueblo people
numen – a spirit believed to inhabit an object or preside over a place (especially in ancient Roman religion)
python – a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a spirit
silvansylvan – a spirit that lives in or frequents the woods”

Definitions from TheFreeDictionary.com and Wikipedia.org


by Lawrence R. Spencer 
An apparition in the night!
A lonely ghost floats on the stairs
she shines in luminescent light
disembodied, though she's still here.

Not living in the flesh on Earth
she may be free to wait, or roam.
Yet, she seldom feels much mirth
because she's mostly left alone.

Most people will not see her there,
though she's a Spirit, will feelings tender,
they don't perceive her in the air:
they don't know how, or can't remember.

Yet, people are afraid of ghosts!
We've been told we must avoid
the friends we've lost, yet loved the most
who linger in the spatial void.

Beware! Don't run and hide in fear!
Look all about!  They're still around!
Beloved old friends may still be near...
if you listen, they'll make a sound.

Be thoughtful on All Hallows Eve:
befriend a Spirit on the stairs.
Someday you and I may be
a lonely ghost who needs some care.