spir·i·tu·al /ˈspɪrɪʧəwəl, ɪʧəl, ɪʧwəl/
1. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a spiritual substance or being.
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. --1 Cor. xv. 44.
2. Of or pertaining to the intellectual and higher endowments of the mind; mental; intellectual.
3. Of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul, as distinguished from the external actions; reaching and affecting the spirits.
God's law is spiritual; it is a transcript of the divine nature, and extends its authority to the acts of the soul of man. --Sir T. Browne.
4. Of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Spirit; controlled and inspired by the divine Spirit; proceeding from the Holy Spirit; pure; holy; divine; heavenly-minded; -- opposed to carnal.
That I may impart unto you some spiritual gift. --Rom. i. ll.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings. --Eph. i. 3.
If a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one. --Gal. vi. 1.
5. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy; lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation.
Spiritual coadjuctor. Eccl. See the Note under Jesuit.
Spiritual court Eccl. Law, an ecclesiastical court, or a court having jurisdiction in ecclesiastical affairs; a court held by a bishop or other ecclesiastic.
Spir·it·u·al, n. A spiritual function, office, or affair. See Spirituality, 2.
He assigns supremacy to the pope in spirituals, and to the emperor in temporals. --Lowell.
adj 1: concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church;
"religious texts"; "a nenber if a religious order";
"lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders";
"spiritual songs" [syn: religious]
2: concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; "a spiritual
approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual
values"; "unearthly love" [syn: unearthly]
3: lacking material body or form or substance; "spiritual
beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the
spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford
4: like or being a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a
phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations";
"spiritual tappings at a seance" [syn: apparitional, ghostlike,
ghostly, phantasmal, spectral]
n : a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the
southern United States [syn: Negro spiritual]