spir·​i·​tu·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌspir-i-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce spirituality (audio) \
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Zito believes his exposure to such thinking created his need to search for inner peace and spirituality. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Barry Zito’s memoir reveals he rooted against Giants in 2010 World Series," 16 Sep. 2019 Personal growth, knowledge and spirituality are featured. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 22, 2019," 22 July 2019 But the origin story of mermaids is one of diverse folklore and spirituality, that spans across the world in many different iterations, with some being of African descent. Amber C. Snider, Teen Vogue, "The History of Yemaya, Santeria's Queenly Ocean Goddess Mermaid," 9 July 2019 In the book, LaPorte broke down life planning into five categories: livelihood and lifestyle; body and wellness; creativity and learning; relationships and society; essence and spirituality. Laura M. Holson, Town & Country, "Marianne Williamson's Disciples Are Everywhere," 2 July 2019 But younger people are drawn to her open references to spirituality. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 Finally, since my seminary days, Caryll Houselander has been a real guide and inspiration for me, and has shaped much of my own approach to spirituality and pastoral care. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Could You Use Some Hope?," 10 Aug. 2019 The topics range from equality, justice, LGBTQ rights and female empowerment to environmental awareness, the body, spirituality and community building. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lux unveils 13th residency season with a focus on inclusivity," 12 July 2019 Some might take them for a passing fad, but crystals have a deep history in religion and spirituality, as well as drawing our fascination. Michelle Rial, The New Yorker, "Publishing a Book, by the Numbers," 8 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spirituality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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