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, 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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In fact, what Beth has built for herself is something far richer and more satisfying: a life that melds creative work with a deep commitment to family and spirituality, unfolding in a home that combines all three. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018 Cheryl Wittenauer, communications director for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in St. Louis, said a lay associate with the order is someone who is inspired by the spirituality of a particular order and seeks to follow it in their private life. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Missouri woman busted at Sydney airport for smuggling cocaine inside high heels, officials say," 15 Aug. 2018 In the 17-minute clip, viewers get to see a side of the Atlanta native that is grounded in his spirituality and family life. Ashley Lyle, Billboard, "Zaytoven Redefines Trap Music in Latest 'The Note' Documentary From Red Bull Music," 20 Apr. 2018 Most have been women interested in spirituality, but Myra says her second biggest demographic consists of couples who think the service will improve the dynamics of their relationships. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "What is a house blessing and should you have one?," 1 Mar. 2017 Religion didn't filter down into my childhood, but spirituality did. Bailey Gaddis, Woman's Day, "Why I Leave the Christ Out of Christmas," 9 Dec. 2015 Family is very important to both of them, as well as their spirituality. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger's Relationship," 11 Sep. 2018 That rabbis, people of the spirit, are especially trained to infuse all aspects of life with spirituality. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "The making of a successful rabbi," 11 June 2018 Beginning in the 1990s, the Blind Boys became more open to covering songs by artists such as 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, BostonGlobe.com, "Clarence Fountain, 88; led the Blind Boys of Alabama," 8 June 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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