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SPIRITUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spiritual mean? 

SPIRITUAL (noun)
  The noun SPIRITUAL has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SPIRITUAL used as a noun is very rare.


SPIRITUAL (adjective)
  The adjective SPIRITUAL has 4 senses:

1. concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
2. concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
3. lacking material body or form or substance
4. resembling or characteristic of a phantom

  Familiarity information: SPIRITUAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPIRITUAL (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

Negro spiritual; spiritual

Hypernyms ("spiritual" is a kind of...):

religious song (religious music for singing)


SPIRITUAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church

Synonyms:

religious; spiritual

Context examples:

religious texts / a member of a religious order / lords temporal and spiritual / spiritual leaders / spiritual songs

Similar:

sacred (concerned with religion or religious purposes)


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Meaning:

Concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul

Synonyms:

unearthly; spiritual

Context examples:

a spiritual approach to life / spiritual fulfillment / spiritual values / unearthly love

Similar:

unworldly (not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations)


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Meaning:

Lacking material body or form or substance

Context examples:

spiritual beings / the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm

Similar:

immaterial; incorporeal (without material form or substance)


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Meaning:

Resembling or characteristic of a phantom

Synonyms:

phantasmal; ghostly; ghostlike; apparitional; spectral; spiritual

Context examples:

a ghostly face at the window / a phantasmal presence in the room / spectral emanations / spiritual tappings at a seance

Similar:

supernatural (not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material)


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