Definition for SPIR-IT-U-AL'I-TY


  1. Essence distinct from matter; immateriality. If this light be not spiritual, it approacheth nearest to spirituality. – Ralegh.
  2. Intellectual nature; as, the spirituality of the soul. – South.
  3. Spiritual nature; the quality which respects the spirit or affections of the heart only, and the essence of true religion, as, the spirituality of God's law.
  4. Spiritual exercises and holy affections. Much of our spirituality and comfort in public worship depend on the state of mind in which we come. – Bickersteth.
  5. That which belongs to the church, or to a person as an ecclesiastic, or to religion; as distinct from temporalities. During the vacancy of a see, the archbishop is guardian of the spiritualities thereof. Blackstone.
  6. An ecclesiastical body. [Not in use.] – Shak.

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