spirituality

noun
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

Synonyms

church, clergy, cloth, first estate, ministry, spiritualty

Antonyms

laity

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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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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 For Rav Kook, speaking out for Am Yisrael is, in its purest form, the deepest expression of Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "The making of a successful rabbi," 11 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of spirituality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spirituality

noun

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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