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  Spiritual (Spir"it*u*al) (?), a.
[L. spiritualis: cf. F. spirituel. See Spirit.]

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.
Spiritual (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.

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