EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ESPRIT
Esprit de classe—if one may coin the phrase—was strong in Mrs. Munt.
Esprit enough for a dozen reviewers and fifty fashionable novelists.
That would have to come first: the Esprit de Corps of the Poor.
That is "esprit de corp." We had a pretty good time in this village.
Her Ladyship, for an esprit fort, is the greatest coward that I ever saw.
There's no satiety In your society With the variety Of your esprit.
There is a superabundance of sentiment, some affectation, and plenty of esprit.
It had little in common with the famous centers of conversation and esprit.
Mme. de Genlis tells us that she has a great deal of esprit.
There was a certain satisfaction—an esprit de diablerie—which amused her.
1590s, from Middle French esprit "spirit, mind," from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus "spirit" (see spirit).
For initial e-, see especial. Esprit de corps first recorded 1780. French also has the excellent phrase esprit de l'escalier, literally "spirit of the staircase," defined in OED as, "a retort or remark that occurs to a person after the opportunity to make it has passed." It also has espirit fort, a "strong-minded" person, one independent of current prejudices, especially a freethinker in religion.