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[ spir-i-choo-uhl ]


  1. of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
  2. of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature:

    a spiritual approach to life.

  3. closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.:

    the professor's spiritual heir in linguistics.

  4. of or relating to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
  5. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined:

    She is more of a spiritual type than her rowdy brother.

  6. of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
  7. of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.
  8. of or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical:

    lords spiritual and temporal.

  9. of or relating to the mind or intellect.


  1. a spiritual or religious song, especially one composed by and for Black Americans during the period of legalized slavery in the United States:

    Spirituals like “Go Down, Moses” were sometimes used as signals on the Underground Railroad.

  2. spirituals, affairs of the church.
  3. a spiritual thing or matter.


/ ˈspɪrɪtjʊəl /


  1. relating to the spirit or soul and not to physical nature or matter; intangible
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of sacred things, the Church, religion, etc
  3. standing in a relationship based on communication between the souls or minds of the persons involved

    a spiritual father

  4. having a mind or emotions of a high and delicately refined quality
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. often plural the sphere of religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters, or such matters in themselves
  2. the spiritual
    the realm of spirits
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • ˈspiritually, adverb
  • ˈspiritualness, noun
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Other Words From

  • spir·it·u·al·ly adverb
  • spir·it·u·al·ness noun
  • an·ti·spir·it·u·al adjective
  • an·ti·spir·it·u·al·ly adverb
  • non·spir·it·u·al adjective noun
  • non·spir·it·u·al·ly adverb
  • non·spir·it·u·al·ness noun
  • pseu·do·spir·i·tu·al adjective
  • pseu·do·spir·i·tu·al·ly adverb
  • qua·si-spir·it·u·al adjective
  • qua·si-spir·it·u·al·ly adverb
  • su·per·spir·it·u·al adjective
  • su·per·spir·it·u·al·ly adverb
  • un·spir·i·tu·al adjective
  • un·spir·i·tu·al·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spiritual1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Medieval Latin spīrituālis, from Latin spīritu(s) spirit + -ālis -al 1
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Example Sentences

Antarctica is in its own right a spiritual kind of experience.

People who experiment with psychoactive drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms frequently report spiritual fantasies.

Participants in the Catholic charismatic movement also claim spiritual and physical healing associated with the power of the Holy Spirit working through believers.

It seems like there’s a difference between people who do the AT to test themselves physically and those who are maybe looking for some kind of spiritual release.

For Seattle forward Alysha Clark, the difference she sees is spiritual, rather than purely emotional.

Think of it as a frequent buyer program for personal karma, or a spiritual band-aid.

But Reconcile is from a slightly different arm of Houston hip-hop—more focused on spiritual triumph over the trap.

They are afflicted with “progressive spiritual emptiness,” he said, which no amount of academic honors and degrees can fill.

First, though, he has to be shocked into recognizing the barren waste of his spiritual life – by spirits.

That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.

The two enjoyed a mutual understanding from which he was excluded, a private intimacy that was spiritual, mental,— physical.

Hitherto the discalced Franciscan religious of this province have had charge of their spiritual matters.

Violent people had been pressing around John, and the cause of spiritual liberation had suffered.

It relates to ancient philosophical ideas concerning the spiritual and the material worlds.

He makes a spiritual form of it so perfectly visible to your inward eye, that it seems as if you could almost hear it breathe!


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