spir·i·tu·al·i·ty | \ ˌspir-i-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē \
plural spiritualities

Definition of spirituality 

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for spirituality


church, clergy, cloth, ministry, spiritualty



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Examples of spirituality in a Sentence

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

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Followers of Islam believe fasting teaches patience, modesty, and spirituality. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg inmate signed up for Ramadan fast. Now he's suing because he got hungry.," 5 July 2018 Finally, a wealth of words concern the mysterious potential associated with religion and spirituality. Tim Lomas, BostonGlobe.com, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 At the start of a session, Geller, who is currently at work on a third book (focused on training and spirituality), tries to understand not only the dog's issue and its root cause, but the owners' value system, too. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meet Hollywood's Top Canine Trainer: "A Life Coach for Dogs and for People"," 18 June 2018 The 600 or so instruments on display span two millennia and five continents, allowing visitors to trace the role of music in expressing status, identity and spirituality across time and space. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How to Hear the Met’s Historic Instruments’ Singular Sounds," 15 June 2018 Aspects of spirituality and philosophy get picked up and knocked around by frontman Aaron Weiss. John Adamian, courant.com, "Seven Concerts You Might Want To See (And Why)," 9 June 2018 Spencer Pratt rose to fame as the ultimate bad boy on MTV’s The Hills — but in recent years, he’s transformed into the social media king of spirituality and healing. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Spencer Pratt Is Back! The Hills Alum Wants to 'Heal You' in New MTV YouTube Series," 24 May 2018 Beginning in the 1990s, the Blind Boys became more open to covering songs by artists like Mr. Reed, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, Prince and Curtis Mayfield, as long as the lyrics did not betray their spirituality. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Clarence Fountain, 88, Dies; Led the Blind Boys of Alabama," 6 June 2018 At 86, my spirituality has become more of a personal thing. Roberta Brown, Vogue, "Why I Left My Life as a Nun and Became a Sex Therapist," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of spirituality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spirituality

: the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters : the quality or state of being spiritual

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