soul

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soul

The ethereal and immortal essence of a person or living organism.
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'Upon my soul, it's a most delightful thing," said Lord Frederick, pressing forward.
Upon my soul, if the London folk only knowed of thee and thy slovenly ways, they'd swaller their milk and butter more mincing than they do a'ready; and that's saying a good deal."
"Don't laugh, my friend!" cried D'Artagnan; "for heaven's sake, don't laugh, for upon my soul, it's no laughing matter!"