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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.

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. Raymond Studzinski:

    I think it reflects his sensitivity to the group he’s speaking to in terms of people and people who are on the spiritual landscape. He’s trying to address a particular church and having something to say to Catholics in a particular church.

  2. H.W. Mann:

    We can't buy salvation. It is not for sale. Salvation is something we already have. Even if we are unaware. Heaven and hell both exist, but only as states of consciousness. Everything required for spiritual enlightenment is within each of us. Right here, right now. We have the ability to be spiritually awake in this moment. We simply allow our higher self to emerge.

  3. Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky:

    Technology has been amazing, it really is a lifeline. Congregants use online platforms to link not only to morning services but to a supportive community that has grown more spiritual during the crisis, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky said. After the lockdown, Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky said Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky envisions smaller, shorter gatherings, with barriers in the sanctuary and temperature-takers greeting worshipers.

  4. Johnny Galecki:

    When I started my production company it was No. 1 at the top of the list to try to do a comedy about religion, i recognized that these conversations [ about religion ] were n’t being had despite the fact that … 80 percent of people in the world subscribe their lives to some sort of spiritual belief.

  5. Mary Baker Eddy:

    Audible prayer can never do the works of spiritual understanding, which regenerates; but silent prayer, watchfulness, and devout obedience enable us to follow Jesus example. Long prayers, superstition, and creeds clip the strong pinions of love, and clothe religion in human forms. Whatever materializes worship hinders man's spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. witless
    • B. brilliant
    • C. handsome
    • D. disjointed

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