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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French élan vital, coined by Henri Bergson.

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  • (French) IPA(key): /elɑ̃ vital/

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élan vital (uncountable)

  1. The life force or vital principle posited in the philosophy of Henri Bergson; any mysterious or creative vital principle.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 803:
      Electricity! the force of the future—for everything, you know, including the élan vital itself, will soon be proven electrical in nature.

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