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spiritual

concerned with sacred or religious things; refined; sensitive: She is a spiritual woman.
Not to be confused with:
spirituous – distilled, as whiskey; containing much alcohol: a spirituous concoction
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spir·i·tu·al

 (spĭr′ĭ-cho͞o-əl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not material; supernatural: spiritual power.
2. Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul: spiritual guidance; spiritual growth.
3. Not concerned with material or worldly things: led a spiritual life.
4. Of or belonging to a religion; sacred: spiritual practices; spiritual music.
n.
1.
a. A religious folk song of African-American origin.
b. A work composed in imitation of such a song.
2. often spirituals Religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters.

[Middle English, from Old French spirituel, from Latin spīrituālis, of breathing, spiritual, from spīritus, breath; see spirit.]

spir′i·tu·al·ly adv.
spir′i·tu·al·ness n.
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spiritual

(ˈspɪrɪtjʊəl)
adj
1. relating to the spirit or soul and not to physical nature or matter; intangible
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of sacred things, the Church, religion, etc
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) standing in a relationship based on communication between the souls or minds of the persons involved: a spiritual father.
4. having a mind or emotions of a high and delicately refined quality
n
5. (Music, other) See Negro spiritual
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (often plural) the sphere of religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters, or such matters in themselves
7. (Alternative Belief Systems) the spiritual the realm of spirits
ˈspiritually adv
ˈspiritualness n
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spir•it•u•al

(ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əl)

adj.
1. pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature.
2. of or pertaining to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
3. of or pertaining to sacred things or matters; religious.
4. pertaining to or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
5. closely akin in interests, outlook, feeling, etc.: the composer's spiritual heir.
6. pertaining to spirits or to spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
7. of the church; ecclesiastical: lords spiritual and temporal.
8. pertaining to the mind or intellect.
n.
9. an emotionally expressive religious song of a type originating among blacks in the southern U.S.
10. a spiritual thing or matter.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin spīrituālis= Latin spīritu-, s. of spīritus spirit + -ālis -al1]
spir′it•u•al•ly, adv.
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spiritual

A religious folk song, generally associated with American blacks. Spirituals became an aspect of culture in the deep South, and many used biblical themes in their texts to express symbolically the plight of the slaves, their longing for freedom, and their faith in God and a meaningful afterlife.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiritual - a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States
religious song - religious music for singing
Adj.1.spiritual - concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "a member of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
2.spiritual - concerned with or affecting the spirit or soulspiritual - concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; "a spiritual approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual values"; "unearthly love"
unworldly - not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney
3.spiritual - lacking material body or form or substance; "spiritual beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford
incorporeal, immaterial - without material form or substance; "an incorporeal spirit"
4.spiritual - resembling or characteristic of a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
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spiritual

adjective
1. nonmaterial, metaphysical, other-worldly, ethereal, intangible, immaterial, incorporeal She lived entirely by spiritual values.
nonmaterial material, physical, corporeal, substantial, concrete, tangible, palpable, nonspiritual
2. sacred, religious, holy, divine, ethereal, devotional, otherworldly A man in priestly clothes offered spiritual guidance.
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spiritual

adjective
2. Of or concerned with the spirit rather than the body or material things:
3. Of or relating to a church or to an established religion:
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Translations
روحِي ، روحانيرَوحِيّ
duchovníduševníspirituál
spirituelåndelig
hengellinen
duhovan
lelki
andlegur; trúarlegur
精神的な
정신적인
duhoven
spirituell
เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ
thuộc tinh thần

spiritual

[ˈspɪrɪtjʊəl]
A. ADJespiritual
B. N (Mus) → canción f religiosa
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spiritual

[ˈspɪrɪtʃuəl]
adj
(not material, not physical) [growth, development, experience, values, needs] → spirituel(le)
(= religious) → religieux/euse
the spiritual leader of Tibet → le chef spirituel du Tibet
n (also Negro spiritual) → negro spiritual m
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spiritual

adjgeistig; personspirituell; expressionvergeistigt; (Eccl) → geistlich; spiritual lifeSeelenleben nt; my spiritual homemeine geistige Heimat; Lords spiritualgeistliche Lords (im Oberhaus); the spiritual worlddie spirituelle Welt
n (Mus) → Spiritual nt
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spiritual

[ˈspɪrɪtjʊəl]
1. adjspirituale
2. n (Mus) → spiritual m inv
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spirit

(ˈspirit) noun
1. a principle or emotion which makes someone act. The spirit of kindness seems to be lacking in the world nowadays.
2. a person's mind, will, personality etc thought of as distinct from the body, or as remaining alive eg as a ghost when the body dies. Our great leader may be dead, but his spirit still lives on; (also adjective) the spirit world; Evil spirits have taken possession of him.
3. liveliness; courage. He acted with spirit.
ˈspirited adjective
full of courage or liveliness. a spirited attack/description.
ˈspiritedly adverb
ˈspirits noun plural
1. a person's mood. He's in good/high/low spirits (= He's happy / very cheerful / depressed); This news may raise his spirits.
2. strong alcoholic drink, eg whisky, gin, vodka etc.
ˈspiritual (-tʃul) adjective
of one's spirit or soul, or of one's religious beliefs.
ˈspiritually adverb
spirit level
a tool consisting of a bar containing a glass tube of liquid, for testing whether a surface is level.
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spiritual

رَوحِيّ duševní spirituel spirituell πνευματικός espiritual hengellinen spirituel duhovan spirituale 精神的な 정신적인 spiritueel spirituell duchowy espiritual духовный spirituell เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ manevi thuộc tinh thần 精神上的
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spiritual

adj espiritual
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References in periodicals archive ?
For Brown, the difference in metaphoric range functioned as an important difference between white and Negro spirituals:
Other examples include Helen Tamiris's Negro Spirituals, Doris Humphrey's Shakers, Jose Limon's There Is a Time and Missa Brevis, and Martha Graham's Seraphic Dialogue and Judith.
While Locke foresaw a great classical music born of the folk forms shaped by slavery, James Weldon Johnson surveyed Broadway's stages and declared a victory for Negro genius, citing the rhythmic impulse of African American music as "the genesis and foundation of our national popular medium for musical expression" (American Negro Spirituals 31).
In excerpts from Helen Tamiris's Negro Spirituals (1928-32), there was subversive hip-switching and such to contrast with the heroic resistance to oppression.
Similar to Dvorak's borrowing of Negro spirituals, European appropriation served as the validating precedent in the renewed esteem for African art.
Burleigh's Plantation Melodies Old and New (1901) or Clarence Cameron White's Forty Negro Spirituals (1927), titles listed in the "Select Bibliography: Song Collections" (415-17), or other titles discussed in the introduction.
This religious music - later known as the folk spirituals, and commonly referred to as the "Negro Spirituals" - was the 18th-century creation of African American slaves who sought to express their religious beliefs in a way that was uniquely meaningful to them.
This music was closer to what became generically known as "Negro Spirituals" than to what we consider "Gospel"' music today.
Not surprisingly, an activist reconception of Negro spirituals and black Christianity is precisely what distinguished the plotting of Wright's first collection of stories, Uncle Tom's Children.
Kennedy's multicultural sensibility allows her to draw, for the synthesis of her work, upon everything from Old Maid cards to Negro spirituals; Hitler, Shakespeare, Chaucer, William the Conqueror, and Anne Boleyn; Mary, Joseph, and Jesus; Bette Davis and Lena Home; Malcolm X, Beethoven, and Leonardo da Vinci--as well as early childhood memories of family, friends, and relatives.
The more than 30-member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and popular American music.SIX LANGUAGES Although the choir sings in six of South Africa's 11 official languages, it reaches across all cultures, language barriers, and beliefs to bring a message of love, unity, and hope.
NEGRO SPIRITUALS, AS "SWAG SURFIN"' HAS BEEN playfully classified, call upon a sacred force, normally Christian, for the strength to overcome hardship.