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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
spiritual (adjective)
1.
of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the - spirit incorporeal spiritual needs
2.
a) of or relating to sacred matters - spiritual songs
b) ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal - spiritual authority lords spiritual
3.
concerned with religious values
4.
related or joined in spirit - our spiritual home his spiritual heir
5.
a) of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena
b) of, relating to, or involving - spiritualism spiritualistic
spiritual (noun)
1.
things of a spiritual, ecclesiastical, or religious nature
2.
a religious song usually of a deeply emotional character that was developed especially among blacks in the southern United States
3.
capitalized any of a party of 13th and 14th century Franciscans advocating strict observance of a rule of poverty for their order
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
spiritual (adjective)
1.
not composed of matter
SYNONIMS:
bodiless, ethereal, formless, incorporeal, insubstantial, nonmaterial, nonphysical, spiritual, unbodied, unsubstantial
RELATED WORDS:
metaphysical, psychic ( psychical), supernatural; impalpable, insensible, intangible, invisible; airy, diaphanous, gaseous, gossamery, tenuous, thin, vaporous, wispish
NEAR ANTONYMS:
animal, carnal, fleshly; detectable, discernible ( discernable), noticeable, observable, palpable, sensible, tangible, visible; bulky, heavy, massive, solid
bodily, corporeal, material, physical, substantial
spiritual (adjective)
2.
of, relating to, or used in the practice or worship services of a religion
SYNONIMS:
devotional, sacred, spiritual
RELATED WORDS:
blessed ( blest), consecrated, hallowed, holy, sacrosanct, sanctified; solemn; liturgical, ritual, sacramental; semireligious, semisacred
NEAR ANTONYMS:
earthly, mundane, terrene, terrestrial, worldly
nonreligious, profane, secular
spiritual (noun)
a religious song
SYNONIMS:
anthem, canticle, carol, chorale, psalm, spiritual
RELATED WORDS:
dirge, lament, requiem, threnody; Gloria Patri, hallelujah, paean; mass, oratorio; processional, recessional
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