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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Synonyms & Antonyms for spirituality


church, clergy, cloth, first estate, 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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Lateefah Simon and Michael Tubbs: Racial justice advocate Lateefah Simon and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in a conversation to discuss politics, spirituality, justice and the future. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: World Environment Day, reading of Mueller Report," 5 June 2019 Since 2011, vulnerable Neptune — the planet of spirituality — has been rocking your house of dating and friendships. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Scorpio Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 With each chapter, Alford draws important contrasts between the past and the present while examining how dance infiltrates every aspect of our lives — from social entree, to emotion and release, to religion and spirituality, to politics. New York Times, "Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance," 11 June 2018 The fabric of religion and spirituality is woven into everyday life in Santa Fe, a town of about 13,000 residents, offering an immediate and fulfilling comfort from tragedy and hardship. Brittney Martin, Washington Post, "Praying the pain away: Christianity’s presence at Santa Fe High grows after shooting," 26 May 2018 The power of myth and spirituality, which permeate many aspects of Thai Buddhist culture, has strong significance here. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018 Like many people in California, Kim can slip into the jargon of a vague spirituality that wants to provide easy answers for the unexplainable twists and turns of life. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 Jean-Raymond uncovers strength and spirituality from the black family dynamic, tracing the love and experiences throughout, continuing the brand’s narrative of nostalgic themes and storytelling. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’ Latest Reebok Campaign Tells a Black American Love Story," 5 Apr. 2019 Michael Shannon, playing the brothers’ mysterious rodeo clown father, intones a voice-over about hustling, kicking up a ruckus and the cosmic spirituality of the universe. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: Lou Taylor Pucci enlivens wild and wooly 'Poor Boy'," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of spirituality

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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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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