- of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
- of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.
- closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.: the professor's spiritual heir in linguistics.
- of or relating to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
- characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined: She is more of a spiritual type than her rowdy brother.
- of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
- of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.
- of or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical: lords spiritual and temporal.
- of or relating to the mind or intellect.
- a spiritual or religious song: authentic folk spirituals.
- spirituals, affairs of the church.
- a spiritual thing or matter.
Origin of spiritual
Related Wordsdivine, metaphysical, sacred, intangible, holy, devotional, airy, ethereal, ghostly, immaterial, incorporeal, platonic, pure, rarefied, refined, supernal, disembodied, extramundane, nonphysical, asomatous
Examples from the Web for spiritual
Think of it as a frequent buyer program for personal karma, or a spiritual band-aid.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
But Reconcile is from a slightly different arm of Houston hip-hop—more focused on spiritual triumph over the trap.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
First, though, he has to be shocked into recognizing the barren waste of his spiritual life – by spirits.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
December 21, 2014
And I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to stay at Easter Elchies House, the spiritual home at The Macallan.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
As far as crowd-sympathy has any spiritual value it was there.
We are less scornful of spiritual power than we were even a few years ago.
As a matter of fact, we dig a gulf between the material and the spiritual which does not exist.
As to the spiritual there could be a question; as to the material there could be none.
Matter may really be considered as our sensuous misreading of the spiritual.
- relating to the spirit or soul and not to physical nature or matter; intangible
- of, relating to, or characteristic of sacred things, the Church, religion, etc
- standing in a relationship based on communication between the souls or minds of the persons involveda spiritual father
- having a mind or emotions of a high and delicately refined quality
- See Negro spiritual
- (often plural) the sphere of religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters, or such matters in themselves
- the spiritual the realm of spirits
Word Origin and History for spiritual
"of or concerning the spirit" (especially in religious aspects), c.1300, from Old French spirituel (12c.), from Latin spiritualis, from spiritus "of breathing, of the spirit" (see spirit (n.)). Meaning "of or concerning the church" is attested from mid-14c. The noun sense of "African-American religious song" first recorded 1866.