What is soul?

  • (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"
    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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Some articles on soul:

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 tracks featured vocals ...
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 Scialfa – harmony vocals on "Huma ...
Sam & Dave
... Sam Dave were an American soul and rhythm and blues (R B) duo who performed together from 1961 through 1981 ... Roll Hall of 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 ... 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 ...
Vaizard - Non-Soul Reapers - Vandenreich
... of the Quincy massacre 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 ... appeared, along with Juha Bach, within the Soul Society to wage war against the Soul Reapers, leading to the deaths of vice captain Chojiro Sasakibe and Izuru Kira, and Head Captain Yamamoto ...

More definitions of "soul":

  • (noun): The immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life.
    Synonyms: psyche
  • (noun): The human embodiment of something.
    Example: "The soul of honor"
  • (noun): Deep feeling or emotion.
    Synonyms: soulfulness

Famous quotes containing the word soul:

    The only human beings I have thoroughly admired and respected in the world have been those who carried the load of the world with a smile, and who, in the face of anxieties that would have knocked me clean out, never showed a tremor. Such men and women end by owning us, soul and body, and our allegiance can never be shaken. We are only too glad to be owned. Religion is nothing but this.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)

    All reform aims, in some one particular, to let the soul have its way through us; in other words, to engage us to obey.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)