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 '14 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 '14 at 8:46
  • Etymology is actually on topic, but like Robert said, what have you searched and what have you found? – Alenanno Aug 25 '14 at 9:31
  • @curiousdannii But it would be off-topic on ELL… – snailplane Aug 25 '14 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 '14 at 21:42

a fairly good source to answer questions on English etymology:



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