spiritual

adjective
spir·​i·​tu·​al | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wəl How to pronounce spiritual (audio) , -i-chəl, -ich-wəl \

Definition of spiritual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit : incorporeal spiritual needs
2a : of or relating to sacred matters spiritual songs
b : ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal spiritual authority lords spiritual
3 : concerned with religious values
4 : related or joined in spirit our spiritual home his spiritual heir
5a : of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena
b : of, relating to, or involving spiritualism : spiritualistic

spiritual

noun

Definition of spiritual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 spirituals plural : things of a spiritual, ecclesiastical, or religious nature
2 : a religious song usually of a deeply emotional character that was developed especially among Black people in the southern U.S.
3 capitalized : any of a party of 13th and 14th century Franciscans advocating strict observance of a rule of poverty for their order

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Other Words from spiritual

Adjective

spiritually adverb
spiritualness noun

Examples of spiritual in a Sentence

Adjective Doctors must consider the emotional and spiritual needs of their patients. I regularly consult our pastor about spiritual matters. The Romantic composers saw Beethoven as a spiritual ancestor. France will always be the spiritual home of wine lovers. Noun The congregation sang hymns and spirituals. sang a spiritual at the funeral
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Donald Trump is, per recent polls, both the overwhelming favorite among Republicans for 2024 and their continuing spiritual leader. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2021 The Vatican has excluded the Tibetan spiritual leader from interfaith events for years to not antagonize China, and an appeal seeking to be heard by a top polluter like Beijing is no exception. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021 Some cultures might see schizophrenia as having access to other realms — and someone having a psychotic break as transitioning to become a spiritual leader for the community. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 The Dalai Lama is the Buddhist spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Denver: Criminal charges have been dropped in connection with the death of a spiritual leader whose mummified body was found in what appeared to be a shrine in a southern Colorado home, according to court officials. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Those who receive this honor exhibit involvement in one or more of the following areas: physical, spiritual, social, civic and creative. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2021 The decision came after the U.S. Supreme Court maintained a lower court injunction, saying he could not be executed without his personal spiritual advisor present in the room with him. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 24 Sep. 2021 The forecast for now in Cleveland is calling for the sun to be out to potentially welcome back Beckham, his physical and spiritual reconstruction, perhaps, finally over. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 The whole tradition of British empiricism that followed on from Locke is defined by this prioritization of the physical over the spiritual and the transcendent. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021 Zoll covered religion in all its aspects, from the spiritual to the political, and her stories reached a global audience. David Crary, ajc, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of spiritual

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spiritual

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French espirital, spiritual, from Late Latin spiritualis, from Latin, of breathing, of wind, from spiritus

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The first known use of spiritual was in the 14th century

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“Spiritual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritual. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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spiritual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spiritual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a person's spirit
: of or relating to religion or religious beliefs
: having similar values and ideas : related or joined in spirit

spiritual

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spiritual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a religious folk song that was sung originally by African-Americans in the southern U.S.

spiritual

adjective
spir·​i·​tu·​al | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wəl How to pronounce spiritual (audio) \

Kids Definition of spiritual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of spirit : not bodily or material "Sometimes we can't know what spiritual damage it leaves even when physical recovery is complete."— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
2 : of or relating to sacred or religious matters

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spiritually adverb

spiritual

noun

Kids Definition of spiritual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a religious folk song developed especially among African-Americans of the southern United States

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