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Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French espirital, spiritual, from Late Latin spiritualis, from Latin, of breathing, of wind, from spiritus 14th Century


  • 1: of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit or soul : incorporeal <spiritual needs>
  • 2a : of or relating to God or sacred matters <spiritual songs>
b : ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal <spiritual authority> <lords spiritual>
b : of, relating to, or involving spiritualism : spiritualistic

Spiritual may also refer to:

  • Spirituality, the state of spirit or more commonly, an interest in matters of the spirit.
  • Supernatural, refers to forces and phenomena which are beyond ordinary scientific understanding. Concepts in the supernatural domain are closely related to concepts in religious spirituality and metaphysics.
  • A branch of the 13th-century Franciscans favoring poverty against the wealth of the Church.


Successive planetary revelations of divine truth invariably embrace the highest existing concepts of spiritual values as a part of the new and enhanced co-ordination of planetary knowledge. (0:12.12)