spirituality

noun

spir·​i·​tu·​al·​i·​ty ˌspir-i-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce spirituality (audio)
plural spiritualities
1
: something that in ecclesiastical law belongs to the church or to a cleric as such
2
: clergy
3
: sensitivity or attachment to religious values
4
: the quality or state of being spiritual

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Example Sentences

We studied Eastern traditions of spirituality. the archbishop was opposed to the marriage, and the king needed the support of the spirituality if his rule was to be considered legitimate
Recent Examples on the Web There’s something kind of like a nightmare or uncomfortable, and that horror element ties into the spirituality [of some of your work]. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2022 The album sets aside dogma and taps into spirituality as an agent of invigoration. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Of course, from a religious point of view, the candle is a symbol of spirituality. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Embossed and engraved with Joshua 1:9, this leather journal is a gorgeous choice for those in your inner circle who like a little spirituality in their everyday life. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 3 Aug. 2022 But Lear had another role, a temporary role — as a Jewish thinker, and a commentator on American spirituality. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 Studying spirituality is such a deeply personal practice. Madison Feller, ELLE, 28 July 2022 What role does spirituality play in your life and in the band? Alessandro Corona, The Enquirer, 22 July 2022 Scholar Aike Rots has written about how Abe used the event to acquire legitimacy and promote Shinto as a form of national public spirituality. Kaitlyn Ugoretz, The Conversation, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spirituality was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spirituality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirituality. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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