Adjective "spiritual" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
  1. 'Ackroyd may have jettisoned traditional Catholicism, but in his work humans are spiritual beings with souls that survive death and time.'
  2. 'Encouraging mutuality acknowledges that our spiritual existence affects our physical existence.'
  3. 'Symbols correlate human spiritual concerns with those otherwise inaccessible realities.'
  4. 'A deeply spiritual prayer engages the souls of all who are present and will move the hearers often to tears.'
  5. 'Speech in humans is the manifest link between the physical and spiritual aspects of our existence.'
  6. 'In the integrated complex, the spiritual concerns of the human soul and the temporal concerns of daily life came to be taken care of.'
  7. 'Jewish mysticism teaches that non-kosher food blocks the spiritual potential of the soul.'
  8. 'Heads of families took charge of both the physical and spiritual welfare of those under them.'
  9. 'This, added to his real concern for the physical and spiritual welfare of Valene and Coleman, propels him to take drastic steps to secure their penitence and reformation.'
  10. 'They interviewed people on their way of life, emotions, the history of Nestinari and most of all their souls and their spiritual ritual and mystical powers.'
  11. 'he never forgot his spiritual father'
  12. 'I have a spiritual relationship with Mullah Omar.'
  13. 'Alex had been my closest friend, my climbing partner, my spiritual brother.'
  14. 'She was studying at university in Manchester and had met gentle, quiet Pete, well over a foot taller than her, a ‘deeply spiritual guy with lovely eyes’.'
  15. 'We are trying to be spiritual people in this field.'
  16. 'Ned was a warm, spiritual person who had an outgoing personality and had a kind word for everyone.'
  17. 'You're very much a spiritual person aren't you?'
  18. '‘We're spiritual people, but we've got our feet on the ground,’ Christophere explains.'
  19. 'Can people be spiritual only if they feel a certain way?'
  20. 'I have never met more spiritual people than those that have been sober a day at a time for a very long time.'
  21. 'Deep down he was a very spiritual person, kind, charitable, and a good neighbour to all.'
  22. 'It is full of thought, and she was an intellectual and spiritual person.'
Relating to religion or religious belief.
  1. 'Someone's religious or spiritual beliefs have absolutely nothing to do with whether a decision is made to prosecute.'
  2. 'Also, if you do have any personal spiritual or religious beliefs you could utilize them for protection and support.'
  3. 'Evidence is growing that spiritual belief and religious practice are important predictive factors for a larger proportion of people entering health care than previously thought.'
  4. 'Ronny believes his mother's religious and spiritual beliefs are a sign of senility.'
  5. 'Some people abstain from sex because of religious or spiritual beliefs, or because of personal values.'
  6. 'What happens to the religious or spiritual beliefs of soldiers when they go to battle?'
  7. 'Religious and spiritual beliefs are an important part of how many people deal with life's joys and hardships.'
  8. 'What was needed was a more spiritual sort of religion that offered no such crutches to lame practice.'
  9. 'I don't think there is any connection between religion and our spiritual journey.'
  10. 'Your spiritual and religious beliefs or philosophies may help you deal with your grief.'


A religious song of a kind associated with black Christians of the southern US, and thought to derive from the combination of European hymns and African musical elements by black slaves.
  1. 'Bragg describes how the spirituals of black slaves in the American South expressed not simply their hopes for the next world, but also the struggle to escape to the North and freedom.'
  2. 'The South Carolina Singing Men have been rendering choral, folk, classical tunes, and Black American spirituals, and the unique Handbell Ensemble compositions for over 25 years.'
  3. 'This is an audience-pleasing collection of American hymn tunes and spirituals in fresh and exciting new settings to third position.'
  4. 'Heritage Music Press has created a winning collection of arrangements introducing piano students to our rich heritage of hymns and spirituals.'
  5. 'One of the first, Songs of Zion was published by the United Methodist Church and contains a history of black music in addition to hymns, spirituals and gospel songs.'
  6. 'The LaRouchies, a weird amalgam of far-right conspiracy theorists, have taken to singing black spirituals and Bach cantatas all over town.'
  7. 'The Cwmbach Male Voice Choir entertained with a traditional repertoire of Welsh hymns, spirituals and songs from opera and the shows.'
  8. 'Darden also tackles an old debate over whether spirituals were truly black inventions or merely adaptations of European music.'
  9. 'From the ‘sorrow songs’ to ragtime to the spirituals and the blues to jazz and gospel, black music has provided for the African American writer a springboard into culture and the contemporary experience.'
  10. 'The director of today's Jubilee Singers, Kwami, a native of Ghana, says there is a definite similarity between the African American spirituals and the songs of his country.'


1. of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.

2. of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.

3. closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.: the professor's spiritual heir in linguistics.

4. of or relating to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.

5. characterized by or suggesting predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined: She is more of a spiritual t

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be spiritual as bollards."

"magnetisms can be spiritual in/at/on quarters."

"magnetisms can be spiritual in somes."

"leaders can be spiritual."

"lives can be spiritual."

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Middle English: from Old French spirituel, from Latin spiritualis, from spiritus (see spirit).


one's spiritual home