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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That doesn’t mean there is not spirituality involved. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Father Lawrence Schottelkotte has run every day for 40 years. It takes faith to do it.," 29 June 2019 The presence of the other six candidates on the stage, from tech executive Andrew Yang to spirituality guru Marianne Williamson, meant the night offered something for everyone. oregonlive.com, "Who won the second 2020 Democratic debate? Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg ... and policy wonks," 27 June 2019 All of the pieces in Sankofa have a third eye to represent spirituality. Quoron Walker, courant.com, "Artist Empowers Through Art," 6 June 2019 The parliament’s inclusiveness extends to indigenous African, Asian, European and Native American spirituality. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 Like a lot of artists, his spirituality is idiosyncratic and undogmatic. Daniel Burke, CNN, "A rock star was asked what God's voice sounds like. His answer is beautiful," 29 June 2019 Every member has to serve on a committee — there are some dedicated to membership, Jewish spirituality and upkeep of the physical space (including promoting sustainability). Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Co-working space is a Jewish take on WeWork," 26 June 2019 In a rare interview on the subject, Badgley told People that his path to spirituality led him to Kirke. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Domino Kirke, Penn Badgley's Wife and the Cofounder of a Pregnancy Care Center?," 22 Jan. 2019 The use of hallucinogens including magic mushrooms and ayahuasca has historically been related to spirituality. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "People With Depression and Anxiety Could Benefit From Hallucinogens," 10 Aug. 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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