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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Neptune — the planet of beliefs, spirituality, and deception — begins its retrograde the same day that Cancer season begins, on Friday, June 21. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Aries Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Pundits’ scorn for Zeffirelli’s politics outdid their disdain for his charismatic movies, which combined classical art and personal sexuality with traditional spirituality. Armond White, National Review, "Franco Zeffirelli: Unlikely Conservative Hero," 20 June 2019 Those hopefuls include entrepreneur Andrew Yang and activist and author Marianne Williamson, who writes about spirituality. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Democrats set their 2020 debate lineups — Biden faces Sanders, while Warren spars with Booker," 14 June 2019 His main character, Sango is the god of thunder and lightning while his sister is Oya, is the goddess of wind in Yoruba spirituality. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The Congolese storyteller drawing on African mythology and spirituality for his comic books," 2 June 2019 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

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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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