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

: 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

Full Definition of SPIRITUAL

:  of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit :  incorporeal <spiritual needs>
a :  of or relating to sacred matters <spiritual songs>
b :  ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal <spiritual authority> <lords spiritual>
:  concerned with religious values
:  related or joined in spirit <our spiritual home> <his spiritual heir>
a :  of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena
b :  of, relating to, or involving spiritualism :  spiritualistic
spir·i·tu·al·ly adverb
spir·i·tu·al·ness noun

Examples of SPIRITUAL

  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.


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

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary



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

Full Definition of SPIRITUAL

plural :  things of a spiritual, ecclesiastical, or religious nature
:  a religious song usually of a deeply emotional character that was developed especially among blacks in the southern United States
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

  1. The congregation sang hymns and spirituals.
  2. <sang a spiritual at the funeral>

First Known Use of SPIRITUAL



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