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 No mirrors, philosophizing on spirituality, or chanting in Sanskrit. Raksha Vasudevan, Outside Online, "This Yoga Co-Op Is Diversifying Teacher Training," 31 July 2020 Americans who associate with a religious denomination turn to religion and spirituality the most, while those who do not turn to music, exercise, or television. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 That culture, which also blends West Indian influence, includes crafts like sweetgrass basket weaving, music, spirituality and philosophy, heritage agriculture, and a distinctive patois with rhythms and pronunciation all its own. John Huey, Southern Living, "The Ultimate Boat Trip Through South Carolina's Undiscovered Lowcountry," 10 July 2020 Themes like forgiveness, activism, self-worth, and spirituality regularly come up. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "The GirlTrek Bootcamp Uses Black History to Illustrate Black Joy," 10 July 2020 In the middle ages, clerics often scorned female spirituality. Michael A. Vargas, The Conversation, "Monks, experts in social distancing, find strength in isolation," 1 July 2020 They, in turn, are expected to lead a life that's centered around spirituality and family -- often helping to care for grandchildren, for example. Reshmi Chakraborty, CNN, "These senior Indian couples found love again. Not everyone is happy about it," 5 July 2020 Kentenich, who was a priest of the Pallottine Fathers, founded the Schoenstatt Movement in 1914 in Germany as a lay apostolic movement dedicated to Marian spirituality. Washington Post, "Founder of German Schoenstatt Movement accused of abuses," 2 July 2020 The priceless art that adorns the walls remained intact to give modern scholars a vivid look into the intricate art that revealed Egyptian spirituality and funerary rituals surrounding the death of a king. National Geographic, "This pharaoh's painted tomb was missing its mummy," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of spirituality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2020

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“Spirituality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirituality. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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