• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spiritual lacking material body or form or substance "spiritual beings","the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford"
    • adj spiritual resembling or characteristic of a phantom "a ghostly face at the window","a phantasmal presence in the room","spectral emanations","spiritual tappings at a seance"
    • adj spiritual concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church "religious texts","a member of a religious order","lords temporal and spiritual","spiritual leaders","spiritual songs"
    • adj spiritual concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul "a spiritual approach to life","spiritual fulfillment","spiritual values","unearthly love"
    • n spiritual a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spiritual A spiritual function, office, or affair. See Spirituality, 2. "He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals , and to the emperor in temporals."
    • Spiritual Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a spiritual substance or being. "It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
    • Spiritual Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation.
    • Spiritual Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual.
    • Spiritual Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits. "God's law is spiritual ; it is a transcript of the divine nature, and extends its authority to the acts of the soul of man."
    • Spiritual 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. "That I may impart unto you some spiritual gift.""Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings.""If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual , restore such an one."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spiritual 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.
    • spiritual Pertaining to the soul, or to the higher endowments of the mind, especially when considered as a divine influence.
    • spiritual 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.
    • spiritual Relating to sacred things; not lay or temporal; pertaining or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical.
    • spiritual The spiritual nature: opposed to physical man.
    • spiritual Synonyms Spirited, etc. (see spirituous), immaterial.
    • n spiritual A spiritual thing.
    • n spiritual A spiritual person. One who is of a spiritual nature or character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spiritual consisting of spirit: having the nature of a spirit: immaterial: relating to the mind: intellectual: pertaining to the soul: holy: divine: relating to sacred things: not lay or temporal
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  • William Ellery Channing
    “God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.”
  • George F. Will
    “We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “Greatness is a spiritual condition.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
    “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spiritualis,: cf. F. spirituel,. See Spirit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spiritus, a breath—spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

Spiritual things can only be spiritually apprehended or appropriated.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
I understood nothing; I was a spiritual savage.
"The Prodigal Returns" by Lilian Staveley
He was both able and earnest, both practical and spiritual.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
And so God, by this sprinkling, has typified the spiritual sprinkling.
"The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained" by Martin Luther
Now spiritual foundations can be seen only by spiritual eyes.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
It may be either materialist or spiritual.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
This illuminated heart is one of the choicest blessings of the spiritual life and one of the greatest safeguards against spiritual error.
"The Prayers of St. Paul" by W. H. Griffith Thomas
With spiritual vision comes the immediate need of a spiritual vocabulary.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Spiritual things are, and must be, spiritually discerned.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
The Use of the Spiritual Gifts.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther

In poetry:

I do not know you,
Seeing you, more than unseeing.
What you are that you are
Here in my spiritual being.
"The Dark Fire" by John Freeman
Shine, shine
From within, on the confused grey world without
That, growing clearer,
Grows spiritual and dearer.
"Imagination" by John Freeman
I don't say, one bodies the other
One's spiritual truth;
But I do say it's hard to lose either,
When you have both.
"Toads" by Philip Larkin
Held spiritual companions; there
A light, which others could not see,
Shone in her heart, and everywhere —
To die was only to be free!
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
To purest joys she all invites,
Chaste, holy, spiritual delights;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her flowery paths are peace.
"Hymn XIV: Happy the Man That Finds the Grace" by Charles Wesley
"To seek the Wine whereof none ever had
One draught, though many a generous wine flows free,—
The spiritual blood that shall make glad
The hearts of mighty men that are to be."
"Comrades" by Helen Gray Cone

In news:

Indian caste system violates Hindu spiritual beliefs.
I am here to share the human condition and to offer spiritual support and encouragement wherever I can.
Today, devotees traveling to San Sebastián, on the northern coast of Spain, are seized by a different sort of spiritual fervor.
I was raised in spiritual warfare.
Sending one member on 'the most exciting journey of spiritual growth and service'.
There are some strange things that I do in my life, unusual life choices made for spiritual reasons.
Herman Melville went to Jerusalem in search of spiritual enlightenment.
It's an hour packed with spiritual guidance.
Spiritual tourism does not have to mean deprivation.
Tap into a spiritual tradition that can enrich your prayer life.
Retreat seeks spiritual betterment before Jewish New Year .
The Unknown Story of a Spiritual Trailblazer.
In the early 19th century, competition in the American spiritual marketplace heated up.
There's something sort of spiritual about it.
Was born in Muir on June 29, 1927 and went to his new spiritual life, Jan 30, 2012.

In science:

If this feeling be not deceptive, if our effort be a spiritual force, and an indeterminate one, then of course it contributes coequally with the cerebral conditions to the result.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Emotion Processing Effects on Interference Resolution in Working Memory. Emotion, 8(2), 267-280. Levine, D. S. & Perlovsky, L. I. (2008) Neuroscientific insights on Biblical myths: Simplifying heuristics versus careful thinking: Scientific analysis of millennial spiritual issues.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Music may be considered to link all of the emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of the universe.
Music in Terms of Science
Fern´andez who gave to them material and spiritual support at the starting time of their research work.
Geometric Algebras
The Sokal affair gives us a good opportunity to reformulate, on a new and rigorous basis, not only the conditions for the dialogue between the hard sciences and the humanities, but also of the dialogue between science and culture, science and society and science and spirituality.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms