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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state, quality, manner, or fact of being spiritual.
  • n. The clergy.
  • n. Something, such as property or revenue, that belongs to the church or to a cleric. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being spiritual.
  • n. Concern for that which is unseen and intangible, as opposed to physical or mundane.
  • n. Appreciation for religious values.
  • n. That which belongs to the church, or to a person as an ecclesiastic, or to religion, as distinct from temporalities.
  • n. An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being spiritual; incorporeality; heavenly-mindedness.
  • n. That which belongs to the church, or to a person as an ecclesiastic, or to religion, as distinct from temporalities.
  • n. An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spiritual nature or character; immateriality; incorporeality.
  • n. Spiritual tendency or aspirations; freedom from worldliness and from attachment to the things of time and sense; spiritual tone; desire for spiritual good.
  • n. The clergy as a whole; the ecclesiastics; the church.
  • n. That which belongs to the church or to an ecclesiastic in his official capacity; generally in the plural, and distinguished from temporalities: as, spiritualities of a bishop (those profits and dues which a bishop receives in his ecclesiastical character).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. property or income owned by a church
  • n. concern with things of the spirit

Etymologies

Latin spiritualitas. (Wiktionary)

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