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spiritual

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adjective spir·i·tu·al \ˈspir-i-chə-wəl, -i-chəl, -ich-wəl\

Simple Definition of spiritual

  • : of or relating to a person's spirit

  • : of or relating to religion or religious beliefs

  • : having similar values and ideas : related or joined in spirit

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spiritual

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit :  incorporeal <spiritual needs>

  2. 2a :  of or relating to sacred matters <spiritual songs>b :  ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal <spiritual authority> <lords spiritual>

  3. 3 :  concerned with religious values

  4. 4 :  related or joined in spirit <our spiritual home> <his spiritual heir>

  5. 5a :  of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomenab :  of, relating to, or involving spiritualism :  spiritualistic

spiritually adverb
spiritualness noun

Examples of spiritual in a sentence

  1. Doctors must consider the emotional and spiritual needs of their patients.

  2. I regularly consult our pastor about spiritual matters.

  3. The Romantic composers saw Beethoven as a spiritual ancestor.

  4. France will always be the spiritual home of wine lovers.



Origin of spiritual

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French espirital, spiritual, from Late Latin spiritualis, from Latin, of breathing, of wind, from spiritus


First Known Use: 14th century

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spiritual

noun spir·i·tu·al

Simple Definition of spiritual

  • : a religious folk song that was sung originally by African-Americans in the southern U.S.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spiritual

  1. 1 plural :  things of a spiritual, ecclesiastical, or religious nature

  2. 2 :  a religious song usually of a deeply emotional character that was developed especially among blacks in the southern United States

  3. 3 capitalized :  any of a party of 13th and 14th century Franciscans advocating strict observance of a rule of poverty for their order

Examples of spiritual in a sentence

  1. The congregation sang hymns and spirituals.

  2. <sang a spiritual at the funeral>



1582

First Known Use of spiritual

1582


SPIRITUAL Defined for Kids

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spiritual

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adjective spir·i·tu·al \ˈspir-i-chə-wəl\

Definition of spiritual for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or consisting of spirit :  not bodily or material <“Sometimes we can't know what spiritual damage it leaves even when physical recovery is complete.” — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to sacred or religious matters

spiritually adverb



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noun spir·i·tu·al

Definition of spiritual for Students

  1. :  a religious folk song developed especially among black people of the southern United States





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