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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class III. Words Relating to Matter
Section III. Organic Matter
1. Vitality
1. Vitality in general
 
359. Life.
 
  
NOUN:LIFE; vitality, viableness, viability; animation.
  VITAL SPARK, vital flame, Promethean spark, lifeblood; respiration, wind; breath of life, breath of one’s nostrils; Archeus or Archæus; anima [L.], anima bruta [L.], anima divina [L.], anima mundi [L.]; world -soul, - spirit, - principle; existence [See Existence].
  VIVIFICATION; oxygen; vital -air, - force; life force; vitalization; revival; revivification [See Reproduction]; Prometheus; Deucalion and Pyrrha; life to come (destiny) [See Destiny].
  “a short summer” [Johnson]; “a bubble” [Browne]; “a battle” [Aurelius]; “one dem’d horrid grind” [Dickens].
  [SCIENCE OF LIFE] physiology, biology, ætiology or etiology, embryology; animal economy.
  NOURISHMENT, staff of life (food) [See Food].
  
VERB:LIVE; be alive &c. adj.; breathe, respire, suspire; subsist (exist) [See Existence]; walk the earth; (a poor player that) “struts and frets his hour upon the stage” [Macbeth]; be spared.
  BE BORN, see the light, come into the world; fetch -, draw- -breath, - the breath of life; breathe the vital air; quicken; revive; come to, - life.
  GIVE BIRTH TO (produce) [See Production]; bring to life, put into life, vitalize; vivify, vivificate [rare]; reanimate (restore) [See Restoration].
  KEEP ALIVE, keep body and soul together, keep the wolf from the door; support life.
  have nine lives like a cat.
  
ADJECTIVE:LIVING, alive; in life, in the flesh, in the land of the living; on this side of the grave, above ground, breathing, quick, animated; animative; lively (active) [See Activity]; alive and kicking [colloq.]; tenacious of life.
  VITAL, vitalic; vivifying, vivified &c. v.; viable, zoëtic; Promethean.
  
ADVERB:vivendi causâ [L].
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Atqui vivere militare est.—Seneca
  2. Non est vivere sed valere vita.—Martial
  3. All that a man has will he give for his life.—Bible
  4. Our life is what our thoughts make it.—Aurelius
  5. In short measures life may perfect be.—Jonson
  6. All is concentr’d in a life intense.—Byron
  7. As though to breathe were life!—Tennyson
  8. How good is man’s life, the mere living!—Browning
  9. Life’s but a walking shadow.—Macbeth
  10. A little gleam of time between two eternities.—Carlyle
  11. The vital warmth that feeds my life.—Otway
  12. Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, Stains the white radiance of eternity.—Tennyson
  13. Life, a beauty chased by tragic laughter.—Masefield

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