spiritual

[ spir-i-choo-uh l ]
/ ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əl /

adjective

noun

Origin of spiritual

1275–1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin spīrituālis, equivalent to Latin spīritu- (stem of spīritus spirit) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
Can be confusedspirited spiritual spiritualistic
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British Dictionary definitions for spiritual

spiritual

/ (ˈspɪrɪtjʊəl) /

adjective

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

noun

Derived Formsspiritually, adverbspiritualness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spiritual

spiritual


adj.

"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.

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