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This page has 10 definitions of spiritual in English and Romanian, Moldavian, Moldovan. Spiritual is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use spiritual in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Spiritual and spirituál

English spiritual definition

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From Middle English spiritual, spirituel, from Old French spirituel, from Late Latin spiritualis, from Latin spiritus.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈspɪɹɪtʃʊəl/, /ˈspɪɹɪtjʊəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈspɪɹɪtʃuəl/, /ˈspɪɹɪ̈t͡ʃul̩/
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spiritual (comparative more spiritual, superlative most spiritual)

  1. Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul.
    Respect towards ancestors is an essential part of Thai spiritual practice.
  2. Of or pertaining to God or a place of worship; sacred.
  3. Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural.
    • 2014 March 3, Zoe Alderton, “‘Snapewives’ and ‘Snapeism’: A Fiction-Based Religion within the Harry Potter Fandom”, in Religions[1], volume 5, number 1, MDPI, DOI:10.3390/rel5010219, pages 219-257:
      Despite personal schisms and differences in spiritual experience, there is a very coherent theology of Snape shared between the wives. To examine this manifestation of religious fandom, I will first discuss the canon scepticism and anti-Rowling sentiment that helps to contextualise the wider belief in Snape as a character who extends beyond book and film.
  4. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal.
    a spiritual substance or being
  5. Of or relating to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual.
  6. (Christianity) Controlled and inspired by the Holy Spirit; pure; holy.
  7. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical.
    the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation

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spiritual (plural spirituals)

  1. A Christian religious song, especially one in an African-American style, or a similar non-religious song.
  2. Any spiritual function, office, or affair.
    He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor in temporals. — Lowell.




  • spiritual at OneLook Dictionary Search.
  • spiritual in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • spiritual in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Romanian spiritual definition


Borrowed from French spirituel, Late Latin spīrituālis, from Latin spiritus.



spiritual m or n (feminine singular spirituală, masculine plural spirituali, feminine and neuter plural spirituale)

  1. spiritual



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