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Meaning of SPIRITUAL

Pronunciation:  'spirichooul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
  2. [adj]  lacking material body or form or substance; "spiritual beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford
  3. [adj]  like or being a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"
  4. [adj]  concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "monks of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
  5. [adj]  concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; "a spiritual approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual values"; "unearthly love"
  6. [adj]  relating to or concerned with religion or spiritual things; especially dedicated to service in a religion; "a monk of a religious order"; "spiritual leaders"; "religious books"; "spiritual songs"

SPIRITUAL is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, immaterial, incorporeal, Negro spiritual, phantasmal, religious, religious, sacred, spectral, supernatural, unearthly, unworldly
 See Also: religious song



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spir"it*u*al\, a. [L. spiritualis: cf. F. spirituel.
    See {Spirit}.]
    1. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a
       spiritual substance or being.
             It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual
             body.                                 --1 Cor. xv.
    2. Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments
       of the mind; mental; intellectual.
    3. Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the
       soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching
       and affecting the spirits.
             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.                   --Sir T.
    4. Of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as
       influenced by the Spirit; controlled and inspired by the
       divine Spirit; proceeding from the Holy Spirit; pure;
       holy; divine; heavenly-minded; -- opposed to {carnal}.
             That I may impart unto you some spiritual gift.
                                                   --Rom. i. ll.
             Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
             Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
             blessings.                            --Eph. i. 3.
             If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
             spiritual, restore such an one.       --Gal. vi. 1.
    5. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things;
       ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy;
       lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation.
    {Spiritual coadjuctor}. (Eccl.) See the Note under {Jesuit}.
    {Spiritual court} (Eccl. Law), an ecclesiastical court, or a
       court having jurisdiction in ecclesiastical affairs; a
       court held by a bishop or other ecclesiastic.
  2. \Spir"it*u*al\, n.
    A spiritual function, office, or affair. See {Spirituality},
          He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to
          the emperor in temporals.                --Lowell.