Definitions for: Spiritual

[n] a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
[adj] lacking material body or form or substance; "spiritual beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford
[adj] like or being a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"
[adj] concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "monks of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
[adj] concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; "a spiritual approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual values"; "unearthly love"
[adj] relating to or concerned with religion or spiritual things; especially dedicated to service in a religion; "a monk of a religious order"; "spiritual leaders"; "religious books"; "spiritual songs"

Webster (1913) Definition: Spir"it*u*al, a. [L. spiritualis: cf. F. spirituel.
See Spirit.]
1. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a
spiritual substance or being.

It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual
body. --1 Cor. xv.

2. Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments
of the mind; mental; intellectual.

3. Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the
soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching
and affecting the spirits.

God's law is spiritual; it is a transcript of the
divine nature, and extends its authority to the acts
of the soul of man. --Sir T.

4. Of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as
influenced by the Spirit; controlled and inspired by the
divine Spirit; proceeding from the Holy Spirit; pure;
holy; divine; heavenly-minded; -- opposed to carnal.

That I may impart unto you some spiritual gift.
--Rom. i. ll.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings. --Eph. i. 3.

If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one. --Gal. vi. 1.

5. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things;
ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy;
lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation.

Spiritual coadjuctor. (Eccl.) See the Note under Jesuit.

Spiritual court (Eccl. Law), an ecclesiastical court, or a
court having jurisdiction in ecclesiastical affairs; a
court held by a bishop or other ecclesiastic.

Spir"it*u*al, n.
A spiritual function, office, or affair. See Spirituality,

He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to
the emperor in temporals. --Lowell.

Synonyms: apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, immaterial, incorporeal, Negro spiritual, phantasmal, religious, religious, sacred, spectral, supernatural, unearthly, unworldly

See Also: religious song

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