Definition of public spirit in English:

public spirit


  • Willingness to do things that help the public.

    ‘the specials certainly show the kind of public spirit and professionalism of the Territorials’
    • ‘‘We all praise the public service and public spirit of the Fire Department of New York,’ he said.’
    • ‘Whilst we were blessed once again with good weather, we were doubly blessed by the good nature and public spirit of the people of Kendal and visitors alike.’
    • ‘Not many people have that type of public spirit.’
    • ‘Such refined public spirit, however, cannot be fostered solely through classroom lecturing, but should be infused into every trivial aspect of the daily life of young people - students of today, citizens of tomorrow.’
    • ‘We commend his public spirit, but we can't recommend his actions.’
    • ‘We're not homeless anymore thanks to the wonderful public spirit in York.’
    • ‘‘The city has always been proud of its public spirit and its progressiveness,’ he said.’
    • ‘To try and respond to our habit of littering wherever we feel like it, there were Tidy Towns competitions, awareness campaigns in schools, appeals to public spirit.’
    • ‘It is the same public spirit which drove the abolitionists of the 19th century and the Progressive movement of the early 20th century.’
    • ‘The unstable public spirit in the run-up to the event shows that many of us are even unable to cope with a pretty insignificant defeat against Italy.’
    • ‘Every little helps and the show of public spirit was tremendous.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, the lack of such human qualities as honesty, kindness, and public spirit are generally felt.’
    • ‘I suggest that a foundation like the one his son has set up is a way for a rich family to keep control of its fortune while taking credit for public spirit.’
    • ‘Three teenagers who sprung into action when a pensioner was knocked down by a car have been recognised for their public spirit.’
    • ‘They did a very thorough count and I cannot thank them enough for their public spirit.’
    • ‘The National Organization for Scouts and Guides, established in 1975, aims to develop in youth a sense of service, self-reliance, responsibility, and public spirit.’
    • ‘Some who a year ago displayed great public spirit came to feel, when in government, that they could not vindicate the supremacy of law without curtailing economic growth.’
    • ‘Already, the attentive reader may have sensed a difficulty, for public spirit is more a set of dispositions than mere behaviour and so, in a word, a sort of character.’
    • ‘But to endure, this new public spirit had to be nurtured and validated by the country's leaders.’
    • ‘The release caused ‘a disturbance to the public spirit,’ the minister said.’


public spirit

/ˈpəblik ˈspirit/ /ˈpəblɪk ˈspɪrɪt/