see also: Spiritual
  • (British) IPA: /ˈspɪɹɪtʃʊəl/, /ˈspɪɹɪtjʊəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈspɪɹɪtʃuəl/, /ˈspɪɹɪ̈t͡ʃul̩/


  1. Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul.
    Respect towards ancestors is an essential part of Thai spiritual practice.
    • God's law is spiritual; it is a transcript of the divine nature, and extends its authority to the acts of the soul of man.
  2. Of or pertaining to God or a place of worship; sacred.
  3. Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural.
  4. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal.
    a spiritual substance or being
    • , 1. Corinthians xv. 44
      It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
  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.
    • , Gal. vi. 1
      If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one.
  7. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical.
    the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation
Translations Noun

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.
  • folk song

spiritual (plural spirituals)

  1. (Christianity, historical) A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that advocated simple dress and renounced the owning of property.
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 56:
      But in the years that followed, the cause of the Spirituals became championed by far more substantial figures within the church.

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