Definition for SPIR'IT-U-AL

SPIR'IT-U-AL, a. [Fr. spirituel; It. spirituale; L. spirituale.]

  1. Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; as, a spiritual substance or being. The soul of man is spiritual.
  2. Mental; intellectual; as, spiritual armor. – Milton.
  3. Not gross; refined from external things; not sensual; relating to mind only; as, a spiritual and refined religion. – Calamy.
  4. Not lay or temporal; relating to sacred things; ecclesiastical; as, the spiritual functions of the clergy; the lords spiritual and temporal; a spiritual corporation.
  5. Pertaining to spirit or to the affections; pure; holy. 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. – Brown.
  6. Pertaining to the renewed nature of man; as, spiritual life.
  7. Not fleshly; not material; as, spiritual sacrifices. – 1 Pet. ii.
  8. Pertaining to divine things; as, spiritual songs. – Eph. v. Spiritual court, an ecclesiastical court; a court hold by a bishop or other ecclesiastic.

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