What does Spiritual mean?

Definitions for Spiritual
ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əlspir·i·tu·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spiritual, Negro spiritualadjective

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

  2. religious, spiritualadjective

    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, unearthlyadjective

    concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul

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

  4. spiritualadjective

    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, spiritualadjective

    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"


  1. spiritualnoun

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

  2. spiritualnoun

    Any spiritual function, office, or affair.

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

  3. spiritualadjective

    Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul

  4. spiritualadjective

    Of or pertaining to the God or a Church; sacred

  5. spiritualadjective

    Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spiritualadjective

    Etymology: spirituel, Fr. from spirit.

    Echo is a great argument of the spiritual essence of sounds; for if it were corporeal, the repercussion should be created by like instruments with the original sound. Francis Bacon.

    Both visibles and audibles in their working emit no corporeal substance into their mediums, but only carry certain spiritual species. Francis Bacon.

    All creatures, as well spiritual as corporeal, declare their absolute dependence upon the first author of all beings, the only self-existent God. Richard Bentley.

    The same disaster has invaded his spirituals; the passions rebel; and there are so many governours, that there can be no government. South.

    Some who pretend to be of a more spiritual and refined religion, spend their time in contemplation, and talk much of communion with God. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    Place man in some publick society, civil or spiritual. Richard Hooker.

    Thou art reverend,
    Touching thy spiritual function, not thy life. William Shakespeare.

    I have made an offer to his majesty,
    Upon our spiritual convocation,
    As touching France, to give a greater sum
    Than ever at one time the clergy did. William Shakespeare.

    Spiritual armour, able to resist
    Satan’s assaults. John Milton.

    The clergy’s business lies among the laity; nor is there a more effectual way to forward the salvation of mens souls, than for spiritual persons to make themselves as agreeable as they can in the conversations of the world. Jonathan Swift.


  1. spiritual

    Spiritual refers to anything related to the spirit or soul, as opposed to physical or material matters. It often involves beliefs, practices, or experiences concerning a higher power, the divine, or the transcendental. It can encompass aspects like faith, enlightenment, or morality, and addresses deep, metaphysical questions about one's purpose, the nature of the universe, and the meaning of life. Spiritual can also describe a process of inward introspection or contemplation, aimed at achieving inner peace or understanding one's personal identity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spiritualadjective

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

  2. Spiritualadjective

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

  3. Spiritualadjective

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

  4. Spiritualadjective

    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. Spiritualadjective

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

  6. Spiritualnoun

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

  7. Etymology: [L. spiritualis: cf. F. spirituel. See Spirit.]


  1. Spiritual

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

Editors Contribution

  1. spiritual

    Of or relating to the consciousness, spirit or human soul.

    The spiritual nature of humans is to love and support for each other

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spiritual in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spiritual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Spiritual in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pence:

    This administration will always make room for the spiritual needs of our heroes at Veterans Affairs hospitals, it's really no surprise.

  2. Mark Sandlin:

    We have a very big tent and include people who are spiritual but may not go to church often, or at all.

  3. Albert Buell Lewis:

    It was almost like a spiritual aura, like your father was watching over you, and you were carrying him into battle with you.

  4. George Lucas:

    Let's say I'm spiritual.

  5. Curtis Gordon:

    We trust in a spiritual realm, in our Creator, to give us undiscovered strength, we will make it through this. And that’s the thing, ‘ cause it’s bigger than us and we have to accept that. We carry that torch for Stephon Clark.

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