spiritual

adjective
spir·​i·​tu·​al | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wəl How to pronounce spiritual (audio) , -i-chəl, -ich-wəl \

Definition of spiritual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit : incorporeal spiritual needs
2a : of or relating to sacred matters spiritual songs
b : ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal spiritual authority lords spiritual
3 : concerned with religious values
4 : related or joined in spirit our spiritual home his spiritual heir
5a : of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena
b : of, relating to, or involving spiritualism : spiritualistic

spiritual

noun

Definition of spiritual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 spirituals plural : things of a spiritual, ecclesiastical, or religious nature
2 : a religious song usually of a deeply emotional character that was developed especially among Black people in the southern U.S.
3 capitalized : any of a party of 13th and 14th century Franciscans advocating strict observance of a rule of poverty for their order

Other Words from spiritual

Adjective

spiritually adverb
spiritualness noun

Examples of spiritual in a Sentence

Adjective Doctors must consider the emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. I regularly consult our pastor about spiritual matters. The Romantic composers saw Beethoven as a spiritual ancestor. France will always be the spiritual home of wine lovers. Noun The congregation sang hymns and spirituals. sang a spiritual at the funeral See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Black Coffee is here to prove that dance music is spiritual. Delisa Shannon, Rolling Stone, 30 July 2022 The Shakers integrated the physical with the spiritual in profound ways, and this is where the crucial affinity lies between them and Yusuke Asai of Japan, Kimsooja of South Korea and Pinaree Sanpitak of Thailand. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 18 July 2022 My own personal goal now is just to continue developing that same attitude towards the physical, as well as the emotional and the spiritual. Jesse Hicks, Men's Health, 29 June 2022 Guy Kinnear also touches on the spiritual in his paintings, inspired by golem, an image that is given life in Jewish folklore. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Through scenes that are at once spiritual and seductive, vulnerable and electric, this film delves into what happens when the balance between art and business—or culture and society—goes off-kilter. Melissa Giannini, ELLE, 18 May 2022 This particular group focuses on the spiritual, a common theme for people with voices and visions. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Operators say the transition was in works for five years or more and was motivated by a range of concerns, some of which were spiritual. al, 22 June 2022 Rodon’s winning bet on himself has also come with a bit of a spiritual awakening. John Perrotto, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elvis did the traditional Black spiritual as part of a gospel medley for his late ’60s network comeback special. Chris Willman, Variety, 17 June 2022 On the first Wednesday of each month, the chapel hosts a program series titled Twelve Moments featuring different spiritual and faith traditions. Anna Mazurek, Chron, 9 Mar. 2022 But Gibson’s complaint with American abstraction is seated less in the spiritual than the inhumanly bureaucratic. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spiritual

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spiritual

Adjective

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

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“Spiritual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritual. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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spiritual

adjective
spir·​i·​tu·​al | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wəl How to pronounce spiritual (audio) \

Kids Definition of spiritual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : of or relating to sacred or religious matters

Other Words from spiritual

spiritually adverb

spiritual

noun

Kids Definition of spiritual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a religious folk song developed especially among African-Americans of the southern United States

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