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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for spirituality



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 This is the story of an exceptional, Harvard University study of the effect of psilocybin on spirituality and mysticism. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, "Bicycle Day And the 1962 Harvard Experiment That Showed Psilocybin Can Create Lasting, Positive Spiritual Change," 19 Apr. 2021 Shanel Campbell’s latest collection for Bed On Water borrows from an array of reference points: afro-futurism, spirituality, and even the designer’s own personal baggage, to name a few. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "Must See: Bed On Water’s Femmewear Collection 1 Pulls," 24 Mar. 2021 For some, spirituality and faith are also important. David Chesire, The Conversation, "COVID-19 survivor’s guilt a growing issue as reality of loss settles in," 9 Mar. 2021 To get started, Clubhouse asks new users to choose some interests—options include crypto, fashion, geopolitics, spirituality, Burning Man—and then recommends people and clubs to follow. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Who Are the Biggest Influencers on Clubhouse?," 5 Mar. 2021 Going beyond their off-the-clock interests or romantic prospects, the film finds spirituality among the cash registers, the bustling warehouse and the security booth where a woman witnesses all the action from above like the eye of God. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The workers’ minds are wide open in the Brazilian documentary ‘My Darling Supermarket’," 26 Feb. 2021 Commentary by artists such as Betye Saar, Radcliffe Bailey, and Richard Mayhew remind us of the importance of legacy, inheritance, spirituality, and intuition that endure with and without a widespread audience. Taylor Renee Aldridge, Harper's BAZAAR, ""Art is a Way to Exert Power": On HBO's "Black Art: In the Absence of Light"," 23 Feb. 2021 Eric’s outward-facing spirituality was a mask for the torment beneath the surface. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "America Has Been in an Abusive Relationship. Here's How We Get Out," 22 Feb. 2021 Religion and spirituality figured prominently in DMX’s own life. Jordan Coley, Vulture, "Belly Is the FUBU of American Cinema, and That’s Why I Love It," 14 Apr. 2021

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.

See More

First Known Use of spirituality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spirituality

Time Traveler for spirituality

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for spirituality

Last Updated

1 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Spirituality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirituality. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spirituality



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on spirituality

What made you want to look up spirituality? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!