the moving spirit

the moving spirit

A person who is the catalyst or founder of an organization, movement, etc. Strangely, the moving spirit behind the protest was not in attendance, despite all the work she did to organize it.
See also: moving, spirit

the moving ˈspirit

the person who begins and leads a group, for example a political party, a group of artists, etc: He was one of the moving spirits in the establishment of the United Nations.
See also: moving, spirit
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I saw at once that Tchebaroff was the moving spirit in the matter, and, to speak frankly, I thought he might have induced you, Mr.
Shahid Nadeem, the moving spirit behind Ajoka, told this reporter that Ajoka had so far held about 20 theatre workshops to educate and train young actors.
He, however, humbly said that he owed his success to Hakeem Muhammad Said, the moving spirit behind Naunehaal.
Sitting ministers had named names of some higher ups in the sensitive state institutions for being the moving spirit behind the prolonged sit in of 2014 and senior judges of higher judiciary have given revealing remarks in open courts about the recent violent sit in at Faizabad by religious fanatics.
Baba-e-Urdu was the moving spirit behind the Usmania University Hyderabad, Deccan, where all subjects were taught in Urdu.
Mother Marie Madeleine of the Redemption (Ledesma), prioress of Marawi Carmel, was the moving spirit behind the community of cloistered nuns whose lives consisted mainly of prayer, adoration, fasting and sacrifices-an apostolate which earth-bound mortals may not easily understand.
of Radiology remains the moving spirit behind all this and he with the help of philanthropists and donor agencies keeps on initiating one project after the other at this institution.
Today he is the moving spirit behind the movement, "Congress Mukt North East".
He stated, 'My special gratitude is to Wang Heshan, the Vice Governor of People government of Ningxia Hui, Autonomous region of China, the moving spirit behind this rally whose personal presence indicates the importance attached to the promotion of cultural relations between the two countries.
He is the moving spirit in India of the Desmo Owners Club (named after the desmodromic valve used in Ducati bikes) a global association of Ducati bike lovers, who travelled in July this year to Misano, Italy, to meet other Ducati aficionados and participate in the World Ducati Week, held at the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit racing track there.
Today, let us remember her as the moving spirit behind the formation of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch in 1967.
Over a period of just a year or so, the army chief has become the moving spirit behind the government of Pakistan's decisions that have helped prevent many disasters.
Not only was Billy a good soldier (our mutual friends testify to this), he was also a staunch and frequently vocal supporter of veterans' rights and most of all, the moving spirit behind ICROSS, the Foundation for the Relief of Suffering and Starvation.
The moving spirit behind this initiative was the aspiration to set up an efficient and acceptable structure for ensuring peace and security in Asia.
When all of these predictions came true, he was the moving spirit behind the staid and very respectable Macmillan deciding to hire the cocky kid to be their editorial director at the age of thirty.