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

adj lacking material body or form or substance

spiritual beings”
“"the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford”
immaterial, incorporeal
without material form or substance

adj concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul

“a spiritual approach to life”
spiritual fulfillment”
spiritual values”
not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations

adj concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church

“lords temporal and spiritual
spiritual leaders”
spiritual songs”
concerned with religion or religious purposes

adj resembling or characteristic of a phantom

spiritual tappings at a seance”
apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, phantasmal, spectral
not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material

n a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States

Negro spiritual
Type of:
religious song
religious music for singing

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