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begeistern

Meanings

1.
to excite, to inspire
(Lit.: "to be sounds very strong. Btw... have you noticed that "inspire" has "spirit" in it?)

Word Family

Root: *gheis-

The core idea of this root was:

excited, nervous, anxious

It’s the origin of the English words ghost and ghastly. The idea of ghost started from a sense of scary, but slowly took on the notion of disappearing.

German and English both used ghost/Geist as translation for spirit in the context of the bible.
In German, this became mainstream, so a Geist can be a scary ghost, but it’s also the word for the “mind” of a person.

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