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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state, quality, or fact of being spiritual.
  • noun A religious belief or manner of pursuing a religious life.
  • noun The clergy.
  • noun Something, such as property or revenue, that belongs to the church or to a cleric.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Spiritual nature or character; immateriality; incorporeality.
  • noun Spiritual tendency or aspirations; freedom from worldliness and from attachment to the things of time and sense; spiritual tone; desire for spiritual good.
  • noun The clergy as a whole; the ecclesiastics; the church.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin spiritualitas.

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