Definitions for spiritualˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spir•it•u•alˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature.

  2. of or pertaining to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.

    Category: Religion

  3. of or pertaining to sacred things or matters; religious.

    Category: Religion

  4. pertaining to or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.

  5. closely akin in interests, outlook, feeling, etc.:

    the composer's spiritual heir.

  6. pertaining to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.

  7. of the church; ecclesiastical:

    lords spiritual and temporal.

    Category: Religion

  8. pertaining to the mind or intellect.

  9. (n.)an emotionally expressive religious song of a type originating among blacks in the southern U.S.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. a spiritual thing or matter.

Origin of spiritual:

1275–1325; ME < ML spīrituālis= L spīritu-, s. of spīritusspirit+-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. spiritual, Negro spiritual(adj)

    a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States

  2. religious, spiritual(adj)

    concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church

    "religious texts"; "a member of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"

  3. spiritual, unearthly(adj)

    concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul

    "a spiritual approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual values"; "unearthly love"

  4. spiritual(adj)

    lacking material body or form or substance

    "spiritual beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford

  5. apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, phantasmal, spectral, spiritual(adj)

    resembling or characteristic of a phantom

    "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spiritual(adjective)ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əl

    relating to a person's spirit or soul

    spiritual and religious matters


  1. spiritual(Noun)

    A Christian religious song, especially one in an African-American style, or a similar non-religious song.

  2. spiritual(Noun)

    Any spiritual function, office, or affair.

    He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor in temporals. uE000124811uE001 Lowell.

  3. spiritual(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul

  4. spiritual(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the God or a Church; sacred

  5. spiritual(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spiritual(adj)

    consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a spiritual substance or being

  2. Spiritual(adj)

    of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual

  3. Spiritual(adj)

    of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits

  4. Spiritual(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

  5. Spiritual(adj)

    not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation

  6. Spiritual(noun)

    a spiritual function, office, or affair. See Spirituality, 2


  1. Spiritual

    Spirituals are religious songs that were created by enslaved African people in the United States.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spiritual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3990

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spiritual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4766

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spiritual' in Adjectives Frequency: #530

Translations for spiritual

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of one's spirit or soul, or of one's religious beliefs.

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