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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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 Perhaps a focus on scientific advancement would also be more helpful than exploring the spirituality of the world’s energy portfolio. James Freeman, WSJ, "Lead Us Not Into Exploration," 8 June 2018 The aesthetically pleasing video directed by Dave Meyers, similar to the song, captures the intertwining of sexuality and spirituality. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Debuts Galaxy-Spanning 'God Is a Woman' Video: Watch," 13 July 2018 Class topics include wellness, creativity, spirituality and productivity. Kathy Chin Leong, New York Times, "Aging Hong Kong Waterfront Gets a Face-Lift," 26 June 2018 Followers of Islam believe fasting teaches patience, modesty, and spirituality. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg inmate signed up for Ramadan fast. Now he's suing because he got hungry.," 5 July 2018 Finally, a wealth of words concern the mysterious potential associated with religion and spirituality. Tim Lomas, BostonGlobe.com, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 At the start of a session, Geller, who is currently at work on a third book (focused on training and spirituality), tries to understand not only the dog's issue and its root cause, but the owners' value system, too. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meet Hollywood's Top Canine Trainer: "A Life Coach for Dogs and for People"," 18 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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