V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a person's courage, spirit, or stamina; 2. the essence of a person's character; 3. the ability to be compassionate

Synonyms: spirit, courage, mettle, pluck, ardor, character, compassion, kindness, goodness

Antonyms: cowardice, indifference, coldness, cruelty, hardheartedness

Tips: The human heart is considered to be where the soul of a person resides. It is also the center of a person's emotional life. Thus, when we say that someone has heart, we are essentially saying that the person has spirit, courage, and strength of character.

Usage Examples:

For little, one-legged mutt, that dog sure has a lot of heart. (spirit, mettle)

He wasn't the best candidate for the position, but he showed a lot of heart in his tenacity to get an interview. (mettle, pluck, character)

I know this has been difficult, but don't lose heart--things will get better. (courage, spirit)

I didn't have the heart to fire him, so I've decided to give him another chance. (courage)

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