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élan vital

  
  (French)  
      n   a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution  
   Compare       Bergsonism  
     (literally: vital impetus)  
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élan     (French)  
      n   a combination of style and vigour  
he performed the concerto with élan     
     (C19: from French, from élancer to throw forth, ultimately from Latin lancea lance)  


élan vital     (French)  
      n   a creative principle held by Henri Bergson to be present in all organisms and responsible for evolution  
   Compare       Bergsonism  
     (literally: vital impetus)  

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élan

  
  
animation, brio, dash, esprit, flair, impetuosity, panache, spirit, style, verve, vigour, vivacity, zest  

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eland, Elsan, eluant, Eolian

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n.
(Medical) repetitive fits or crises : sign of vital distress
Status epilepticus, asthmiticus
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