• WordNet 3.6
    • n spirituality concern with things of the spirit
    • n spirituality property or income owned by a church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spirituality An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality. "Five entire subsidies were granted to the king by the spirituality ."
    • Spirituality (Eccl) That which belongs to the church, or to a person as an ecclesiastic, or to religion, as distinct from temporalities. "During the vacancy of a see, the archbishop is guardian of the spiritualities thereof."
    • Spirituality The quality or state of being spiritual; incorporeality; heavenly-mindedness. "A pleasure made for the soul, suitable to its spirituality .""If this light be not spiritual, yet it approacheth nearest to spirituality .""Much of our spirituality and comfort in public worship depends on the state of mind in which we come."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spirituality Spiritual nature or character; immateriality; incorporeality.
    • n spirituality Spiritual tendency or aspirations; freedom from worldliness and from attachment to the things of time and sense; spiritual tone; desire for spiritual good.
    • n spirituality The clergy as a whole; the ecclesiastics; the church.
    • n spirituality 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).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spirituality state of being spiritual: essence distinct from matter
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  • Martin Luther
    “An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.”
  • George F. Will
    “We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “Greatness is a spiritual condition.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”
  • Van Morrison
    Van Morrison
    “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spiritualitas,: cf. F. spiritualité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spiritus, a breath—spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

A related reason is that many of us have not yet awakened spiritually.
"An Interpretation of Friends Worship" by N. Jean Toomer
His sympathy, his sweetness, his quick spiritual feeling drew the stories out of her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
Doubt makes a very good spade to turn up the ground, but a very poor kind of spiritual food for a daily diet.
"The Arena" by Various
Nor is spiritual food less essential to spiritual life.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
She raised her face to the photograph of Brodrick, as if spiritually she rendered her account to him.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Spiritual things are spiritually discerned, that is, experienced things are discerned by experience.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
How many men have had their spiritual life quickened by a hymn!
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
We must exercise our spiritual senses if we are to discern things spiritual.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
Then Mary-Clare threw back her head and spiritually retreated to her vantage of safety.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock

In poetry:

That sweet gaze spiritual
Fades on my deep desire,
Only a moment's fuel
Kindles to my soul's fire.
"Lines - I" by Manmohan Ghose
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
The gladness of our Southern spring; the grace
Of summer; and the dreaminess of fall
Are parts of her sweet nature.--Such a face
Was Ruth's, methinks, divinely spiritual.
"Musings" by Madison Julius Cawein
Tall, slender Celesta, whose spiritual face,
And excelling talents could a palace well grace;
Five faces so pretty, eyes brighter than gems,
And hearts kind and loving is why I love them.
"Why I Love Them" by Mary Alice Walton
'T is sunset in my garden —the flowers and buds have caught
Bright revelations from the skies in wondrous changes wrought;
And as the twilight hastens on, a spiritual calm
Seems resting on the quiet leaves which evening dews embalm.
"My Garden" by Caroline Howard Gilman
The tempter's arrows that rarely fail
Had found the joints of his spiritual mail;
And men took note of his gloomy air,
The shame in his eye, the halt in his prayer,
The signs of a battle lost within,
The pain of a soul in the coils of sin.
"John Underhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Retreat seeks spiritual betterment before Jewish New Year.
Through spiritual or surgical routes, women give their first time a do-over.
The successful blending of personal and spiritual goals isn't novel either.
Q&A with Goat Boy, Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior Jim Breuer .
What does it mean to walk a spiritual path.
Arielle Ford is a force in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement.
In a special series on Careers in Faith and Religion, we highlight professionals whose everyday work lives are centered on spirituality.
Parents Go it Alone, Fund School that Offers First-Rate Education, Spiritual Heart.
Our theatrical version deals with the cultural, spiritual and artistic history of Jewish life in Europe.
China's Other Oppressed Spiritual Movement.
John Terry, who gave him (and me) spiritual blessings.
Its purpose is deeply spiritual.
(Shabbat, or Sabbath, is the day of rest and spiritual enrichment in Judaism.
Leader of the Spiritual QCs takes his audience back to the crossroads.
RELIGION NOTES Humanism vs spiritualism.

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