spiritual

Spiritual things are concerned with sacred matters or religion, affecting the spirit or the soul. Spiritual entities like ghosts lack a material body or substance.

Spiritual is the adjective form of the word spirit, which comes from the Latin word for "breath," and means the thing that animates life. Spiritual can be used to talk about anything that goes beyond mere physical existence, from ghost spirits to religious feelings. As a noun, spiritual describes a religious song originating in the African-American culture of the American South.

Definitions of spiritual
  1. adjective
    lacking material body or form or substance
    spiritual beings”
    “"the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford”
    Synonyms:
    immaterial, incorporeal
    without material form or substance
  2. adjective
    concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
    “a spiritual approach to life”
    spiritual fulfillment”
    spiritual values”
    synonyms: unearthly
    unworldly
    not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
  3. adjective
    concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
    “lords temporal and spiritual
    spiritual leaders”
    spiritual songs”
    synonyms: religious
    sacred
    concerned with religion or religious purposes
  4. adjective
    resembling or characteristic of a phantom
    spiritual tappings at a seance”
    synonyms: apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, phantasmal, spectral
    supernatural
    not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
  5. noun
    a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
    synonyms: Negro spiritual
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    type of:
    religious song
    religious music for singing
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