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soul

The ethereal and immortal essence of a person or living organism.
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There's a view that a long commute is tedious and soul-destroying.
It means you won't have to take a soul-destroying job where you take orders from rude people or spend all your waking hours toiling for tiny wages and no praise.
I'd been stopped in the first round and the effect on me was soul-destroying.
However, this potentially soul-destroying situation is made infinitely more bearable by the helpfulness and friendly attitude of the nurses on this ward.
She moves beyond recent critical assessments of Tyler's work as sentimental, showing how those who find alternatives to the perpetual acquisition of more unhappiness in search of fulfillment do so at the cost of the loss of the sources of their unhappiness in the first place; in the process they find loss to be joyful as they shed lousy families, soul-destroying professions and ruinous cultural standards.
It's soul-destroying to see her picking up pounds 50 a week after working so hard," said Stephanie.
Their movie scrupulously condemns violence as soul-destroying for the perpetrators and flat-out tragic for law-abiding Muslims.
It was really soul-destroying but I proved I could do it on my own.
This has wasted an enormous amount of my time in the soul-destroying task of negotiating my way around automated answering services in order to get to speak to a human being.
But the continual cutting can get simply awkward or even soul-destroying.
It can be exceptionally tough to find new work - and no job and little money can be soul-destroying.
Starved of jokes and slathered in sentiment, it's a soul-destroying exercise in mundanity about a group of 40-something male friends who hanker for a return to the carefree days of the past.