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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj poor-spirited lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Poor-spirited Of a mean spirit; cowardly; base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • poor-spirited Of a poor or tame spirit; cowardly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Poor-spirited cowardly: mean
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.”
  • James Stalker
    James Stalker
    “How poor a guide enthusiasm is when it is not informed with the mind and spirit of God.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.”
  • George Herbert
    “It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. poure, povre (Fr. pauvre)—L. pauper, poor.


In literature:

Marian was grateful for the care taken of her, and was in fair spirits; and even our poor father became more cheerful than he had been.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Poor Nuna quickly recovered her spirits; and their success gave new life to all in the fort.
"The Young Rajah" by W.H.G. Kingston
That poorness of spirit which had sunk the duke of Somerset into insignificance, saved him at present from further mischief.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
The poor spirit must be laid to rest, and the treasure used for God's glory.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Many who are rich feel that they are poor and there are many high spirited poor who will not admit their poverty.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
He wishes them to imitate the ancient members of that fraternity, who were poor in spirit, but most rich in faith.
"Bibliomania in the Middle Ages" by Frederick Somner Merryweather
And, though he was not reduced to poverty, he accepted alms, as if poor, thus trying sorely the proud spirit of his wife.
"The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees" by Mary Caroline Crawford
While the spirit of the poor slave was passing away, Sidi Omar approached the spot.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
Poor Lewis felt his spirit and his body shrink.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Instantly a dark chilling cloud seemed to settle down on the poor youth's spirit.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
The poor man referred to had not been gifted with a robust frame or a courageous spirit.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
He flung himself on the grass in agony of spirit, to the alarm and grief of his poor nurse.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Poor Joan of Arc might have had a happier fate if she had been influenced by a similar spirit!
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
The proud man and covetous hath never rest: the poor and the meek in spirit dwell in peace.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Mephistopheles is an unholy spirit, nestling in the hearts of myriads of poor human beings who never heard of Goethe.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
Maybe it's the spirit of some poor devil that's lost away out in the night.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Think of his poor spirit knowing afterwards that we had kept it from him?
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
Poor Mansing and Chanden Sing, not having the same interest that I had in my work to keep up their spirits, were now in a dreadful condition.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Jim Crofts, poor fellow, made a gallant burst, but his limbs refused to help his spirit.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
I used to get tired of being poor in spirit.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris

In poetry:

Safe from earthly scandal
My poor spirit hide
In the utter stillness
Of Thy wounded Side.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
My spirit shall dwell in the poor man's home,
His peace, his hope, his joy shall be,
And a dawn of bliss from days to come
Be bright with eternity.
"Hymn: The heaven's my throne, saith the Lord our God" by John Bowring
"Then the poor bed-ridden mother
Knew her hour had come; two daughters,
Twinned in form, and mind, and spirit,
And their father—who would save them?
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
Spirit," I said, "I know, alas! too well
How poor the tale thy record has to tell.
Much I received, the little I have brought
Seems by its side as naught.
"But One Talent" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thou art gone to a feast, while thy friends are bewailing,
Oh, death is a song to the poor ransom'd slave;
Away with bright visions the spirit goes sailing,
And leaves the frail body to rest in the grave.
"On The Death Of Rebecca" by George Moses Horton
The soul—she has a fatherland;
Binds her not many a tyrant's hand?
And the winged spirit has a home,
But can she always homeward come?
Poor souls, with all their wounds and foes,
Will you not also pity those?
"In Bonds" by George MacDonald

In news:

Winston Salem will honor the revolutionary socialist Black Panther Party for its work feeding poor children and infusing a spirit of black pride into the community.
It's a desperately poor nation still gripped by the spirit of voodoo.
The ineffective and poorly attended protest at Mulligan's Food and Spirits on Roswell Street in Marietta Sept 22 was conceived in defiance of the First Amendment.
Perhaps it is the spirit of the season, but my empathy receptors are in overdrive for poor Barack Obama.
This $10,000 prize-winning novel is an epistle to the Jews who are poor in spirit.