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  • IPA(key): /ˌspɪ.rə.tʃuˈæ.lə.tɪ/


From Middle French spiritualité, from Late Latin spiritualitas.


spirituality (plural spiritualities)

  1. The quality or state of being spiritual.
    A pleasure made for the soul, suitable to its spirituality. — South.
    If this light be not spiritual, yet it approacheth nearest to spirituality. — Sir Walter Raleigh.
    Much of our spirituality and comfort in public worship depends on the state of mind in which we come. — Bickersteth.
  2. Concern for that which is unseen and intangible, as opposed to physical or mundane.
  3. Appreciation for religious values.
  4. (obsolete) 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. — Blackstone.
  5. (obsolete) 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. — Fuller.


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