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

  • adj. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material. See Synonyms at immaterial.
  • adj. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
  • adj. Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
  • adj. Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
  • adj. Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.
  • n. A religious folk song of African-American origin.
  • n. A work composed in imitation of such a song.
  • n. Religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul
  • adj. Of or pertaining to God or a place of worship; sacred
  • adj. Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural
  • n. A Christian religious song, especially one in an African-American style, or a similar non-religious song.
  • n. Any spiritual function, office, or affair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical.
  • n. A spiritual function, office, or affair. See spirituality, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or being spirit in the sense of something between soul and body, or of a disembodied soul or a supernatural immaterial being.
  • Pertaining to the soul, or to the higher endowments of the mind, especially when considered as a divine influence.
  • Pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Divine Spirit; proceeding from or controlled and inspired by the Holy Spirit; pure; holy; sacred; divine.
  • Relating to sacred things; not lay or temporal; pertaining or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical.
  • The spiritual nature: opposed to physical man.
  • Synonyms Spirited, etc. (see spirituous), immaterial.
  • n. A spiritual thing.
  • n. A spiritual person.

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

  • adj. concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
  • adj. concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
  • adj. resembling or characteristic of a phantom
  • n. a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
  • adj. lacking material body or form or substance

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French spirituel, from Latin spīrituālis, of breathing, spiritual, from spīritus, breath; see spirit.
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