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what is the origin of the word "soulmate"?
Submitted by v ramaiah (richmond - U.S.A.)
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Soulmate, one who is fitted to be the mate or companion of one's spirtual side, one's soul, rather than of one's house or work, is a coinage of Coleridge, who used it in a letter of 1822.
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