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From Middle French spiritualité, from Late Latin spiritualitas.


  • IPA(key): /ˌspɪ.ɹə.tʃuˈæ.lə.tɪ/
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spirituality (countable and uncountable, plural spiritualities)

  1. The quality or state of being spiritual.
    • 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
      , "The Ways of Wisdom are Ways of Pleasantness"
      a pleasure made for the soul, suitable to its spirituality
    • 1614, Walter Ralegh [i.e., Walter Raleigh], The Historie of the World [], London: [] William Stansby for Walter Burre, [], OCLC 37026674, (please specify |book=1 to 5):
      If this light be not spiritual, yet it approacheth nearest unto spirituality.
    • 1841, Edward Bickersteth, A Treatise of Prayer
      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.
  5. (obsolete) An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, [], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), new edition, London: [] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, [], published 1837, OCLC 913056315:
      Five entire subsidies were granted to the king by the spirituality.


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