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of, relating to, or consisting of ; incorporeal.
of or relating to the 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 or to ; supernatural or .
characterized by or suggesting predominance of the ; ethereal or delicately refined:
She is more of a spiritual type than her rowdy brother.
of or relating to the 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.
Contemporary Examples

He has a sense of a “spiritual reality hovering over,” calling him to hear the voice of his creator.
Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God Nick Tabor August 2, 2014

He needs a new heart put in him by spiritual force in calling for the name of the Lord.
Left Behind Author Tim LaHaye on the Rapture Marlow Stern May 18, 2011

spiritual gurus who use their power to facilitate sexual encounters with their students are something of a cliché.
Australia’s Underage Yoga Sex Cult: The Survivors Speak Out Lizzie Crocker December 8, 2014

Yet spiritual safety and medical safety never should be at odds.
A Maddening Case of the Measles in Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn Kent Sepkowitz June 12, 2013

As the project progressed, I felt a subtle change happening to me, as though I was picking up some of his spiritual magnetism.
When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More Gary Wright September 28, 2014

Historical Examples

Armstrong spoke of him in later years as his spiritual father.
The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam

As far as crowd-sympathy has any spiritual value it was there.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

That, again, is primarily and essentially a spiritual unity.
Lux Mundi Various

We are less scornful of spiritual power than we were even a few years ago.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

Her spiritual energy was like her physical energy that night on the mountain.
The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland

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 involved: a spiritual father
having a mind or emotions of a high and delicately refined quality
See Negro spiritual
(often pl) the sphere of religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters, or such matters in themselves
the spiritual, the realm of spirits

“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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