Spirituality
Spirituality Spir`it*u*al"i*ty, n.; pl. {Spiritualities}. [L. spiritualitas: cf. F. spiritualit['e].] 1. The quality or state of being spiritual; incorporeality; heavenly-mindedness. [1913 Webster]

A pleasure made for the soul, suitable to its spirituality. --South. [1913 Webster]

If this light be not spiritual, yet it approacheth nearest to spirituality. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

Much of our spirituality and comfort in public worship depends on the state of mind in which we come. --Bickersteth. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl.) That which belongs to the church, or to a person as an ecclesiastic, or to religion, as distinct from temporalities. [1913 Webster]

During the vacancy of a see, the archbishop is guardian of the spiritualities thereof. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

3. An ecclesiastical body; the whole body of the clergy, as distinct from, or opposed to, the temporality. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Five entire subsidies were granted to the king by the spirituality. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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