Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material. See Synonyms at immaterial.
  • adj. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
  • adj. Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
  • adj. Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
  • adj. Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.
  • n. A religious folk song of African-American origin.
  • n. A work composed in imitation of such a song.
  • n. Religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul
  • adj. Of or pertaining to God or a place of worship; sacred
  • adj. Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural
  • n. A Christian religious song, especially one in an African-American style, or a similar non-religious song.
  • n. Any spiritual function, office, or affair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Spirit; controlled and inspired by the divine Spirit; proceeding from the Holy Spirit; pure; holy; divine; heavenly-minded; -- opposed to carnal.
  • adj. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical.
  • n. A spiritual function, office, or affair. See spirituality, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or being spirit in the sense of something between soul and body, or of a disembodied soul or a supernatural immaterial being.
  • Pertaining to the soul, or to the higher endowments of the mind, especially when considered as a divine influence.
  • Pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Divine Spirit; proceeding from or controlled and inspired by the Holy Spirit; pure; holy; sacred; divine.
  • Relating to sacred things; not lay or temporal; pertaining or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical.
  • The spiritual nature: opposed to physical man.
  • Synonyms Spirited, etc. (see spirituous), immaterial.
  • n. A spiritual thing.
  • n. A spiritual person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
  • adj. concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
  • adj. resembling or characteristic of a phantom
  • n. a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
  • adj. lacking material body or form or substance

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French spirituel, from Latin spīrituālis, of breathing, spiritual, from spīritus, breath; see spirit.
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  • The word "spirituality" encompasses wide range of meanings and therefor has multiple uses. This can cause miscommunication based on each person's understood definition and the context in which the word is used.

    June 25, 2016