spir·​i·​tu·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌspir-i-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē How to pronounce spirituality (audio) \
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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 Several other presidential hopefuls — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, spirituality author Marianne Williamson, billionaire Tom Steyer — have endorsed the concept. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Nuclear weapons — they’re still out there. Presidential candidates have ideas on them," 1 Dec. 2019 Volcanoes also have deep roots in the history of civilizations, leading to their starring role in the spirituality and mythos of many cultures. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Volcano Safety Tips," 20 Oct. 2019 Becoming more interested in spirituality and wellness is almost a coming back to myself. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Grace Wales Bonner and Marine Serre Explain How Fashion Can Communicate Complex Ideas," 10 Oct. 2019 In 2013, Ecuador appointed a state secretary of buen vivir, an understanding of the good life — rooted in indigenous spirituality — that entails living in harmony with the natural environment. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Forget GDP — New Zealand is prioritizing gross national well-being," 8 June 2019 In today’s stressful world, mindfulness—a type of popular spirituality that strives to focus on the present moment—promises to soothe away the anxiety and stress of modern life. Beverley Mcguire, Quartzy, "Are meditation apps missing the point?," 10 Nov. 2019 New York swelled with newcomers in the 19th century and novel forms of spirituality were on the rise. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Keano Is N.Y.’s Most Famous and Mysterious Subway Psychic. I Found Her.," 8 Nov. 2019 During the Spanish colonization of Latin America in the 1500s, women gathered in public spaces to perform rituals of community and spirituality as a form of resistance. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 Linking financial success to spirituality is nothing new: it’s been done by people from the productivity guru Stephen Covey to the basketball coach Phil Jackson. Carina Chocano, The New Yorker, "Suzy Batiz’s Empire of Odor," 28 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spirituality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of spirituality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spirituality was in the 15th century

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7 Dec 2019

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“Spirituality.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirituality?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=spirit13. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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