Definition of spiritual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈspɪrɪtʃuəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɪrɪtʃuəl//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1  connected with the human spirit, rather than the body or physical things a spiritual experience spiritual development a lack of spiritual values in the modern world We're concerned about your spiritual welfare. opposite material
  2. 2  connected with religion a spiritual leader compare temporal
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French spirituel, from Latin spiritualis, from spiritus ‘breath, spirit’, from spirare ‘breathe’.Extra examples The colours had an almost spiritual quality. This is a deeply spiritual piece of music. a truly spiritual experience He was committed to the welfare, both spiritual and physical, of the men under his command. Many Eastern cultures put spiritual values before material values. Nurses must respond to the spiritual needs of patients.Idioms the place where you are happiest, especially a country where you feel you belong more than in your own country because you share the ideas and attitudes of the people who live there When she moved to Italy, she knew she'd found her true spiritual home.
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