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{n: Bergson, Henri Bergson, Henri Louis Bergson} French philosopher who proposed elan vital as the cause of evolution and development (1859-1941)

{n: ardor, ardour, elan, zeal} a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
"they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"
"he felt a kind of religious zeal"

{n: dash, elan, flair, panache, style} distinctive and stylish elegance
"he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"

{n: elan} enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness
"a performance of great elan and sophistication"

{n: life force, vital force, vitality, elan vital} (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms


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