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Wit shown by animated priest (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

esprit

Here is my best explanation:

'wit' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'animated priest' is the subsidiary indication.

'animated' indicates an anagram.

'priest' with letters rearranged gives 'esprit'.

'shown by' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for esprit that I've seen before include "Morale of the French", "What good corps needs", "Wit, liveliness", "wit from France", "vivacity", "Lively wit", "Lively and vivacious quality", "Liveliness - priest (anag)", "Vivacity, liveliness" and "Stripe (anag)".)

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