What is the word spirtuality or spirit derived from?

Is it's origin based on the Christian idea of the Holy Ghost, or perhaps something earlier, like how the Greeks and Romans believed in spirits?


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    Welcome! Have you tried a thesaurus and Wikipedia? If yes, can you report what information was missing in these sources and make that clear in your question?
    – robert
    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:45
  • This is off topic. You could perhaps ask on the English Learners site (because it is offtopic at English too.)
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:46
  • Etymology is actually on topic, but like Robert said, what have you searched and what have you found?
    – Alenanno
    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:31
  • @curiousdannii But it would be off-topic on ELL…
    – user2081
    Aug 25, 2014 at 10:52
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    The fact that "Holy Spirit" is a compound shows you that it can't be the original sense of the word. In general what words refer to don't define the words.
    – curiousdannii
    Aug 25, 2014 at 21:42

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a fairly good source to answer questions on English etymology:



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