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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.
    • South
      a pleasure made for the soul, suitable to its spirituality
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      If this light be not spiritual, yet it approacheth nearest to spirituality.
    • Bickersteth
      Much of our spirituality and comfort in public worship depends on the state of mind in which we come.
  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.
    • Blackstone
      During the vacancy of a see, the archbishop is guardian of the spiritualities thereof.
  5. (obsolete) An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality.
    • Fuller
      Five entire subsidies were granted to the king by the spirituality.


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