AskDefine | Define spiritual

Dictionary Definition

spiritual adj
1 concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "a nenber if a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs" [syn: religious]
2 concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; "a spiritual approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual values"; "unearthly love" [syn: unearthly]
3 lacking material body or form or substance; "spiritual beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford
4 like or being a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance" [syn: apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, phantasmal, spectral] n : a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States [syn: Negro spiritual]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul
  2. Of or pertaining to the God or a Church; sacred
  3. Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural



  1. An African-American folk song, or a song in that style







  1. spiritual



Extensive Definition

Spiritual may refer to:
  • Spirituality, a concern with matters of the spirit
  • Spiritual music, an African American song, usually with a Christian religious text
  • Spiritual dance
  • Spiritual possession, a concept of many religions, where it is believed that a demon may take temporary control of a human body
  • Lords Spiritual, clergymen of the established Church of England who serve in the House of Lords
  • Supernatural, refers to forces and phenomena which are beyond ordinary scientific understanding. Concepts in the supernatural domain are closely related to concepts in religious spirituality and metaphysics.
  • A branch of the 13th-century Franciscans favoring poverty against the wealth of the Church.
spiritual in French: Spirituel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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