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The belief that the dead communicate with the living; spiritualism.

spir′it·ist n.
spir′it·is′tic adj.


(Alternative Belief Systems) a less common word for spiritualism
ˈspiritist n
ˌspiritˈistic adj


(ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

1. the belief that the spirits of the dead communicate with the living, esp. through a person (a medium) particularly susceptible to their influence.
2. the practices or phenomena associated with this belief.
3. the belief that all reality is spiritual.
spir′it•u•al•ist, n.
spir`it•u•al•is′tic, adj.


See also: Spirits and Spiritualism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiritism - concern with things of the spirit
internality, inwardness - preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch
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Folk religions such as Santa Muerte and spiritism are thriving around the world, often powered by women as followers--and leaders.
In the aftermath of the previous decade's battles, spiritism not only promised reunification with deceased loved ones but also offered a point of contact between polarized classes, as members of the bourgeoisie welcomed proletarian mediums into their salons.
The church, too, has marshaled paranormal skeptics to battle against the encroachment of what it has called spiritualism or spiritism.
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The author sees a consistent tension between spiritual and scientific world views in the works, coinciding with a fascination with fields then considered scientific but today dismissed as pseudo-sciences, such as Magnetism, Spiritism, and Theosophy.
Others see psychology as an entity comparable to folk healing, extrasensory phenomena, and spiritism (Ritsher, 1998; Yakushko, 2005).
from Fuller Theological Seminary as preparation for his career as missionologist, researcher of spiritism and spiritual formations, and missionary training consultant.
This essay covers music associated with popular Catholic rituals, Africanbased syncretic religions, spiritism, and secular folkloric traditions.
Forth, The Dreyfus Affair and the Crisis of French Manhood (Baltimore, 2004); John Warner Monroe, Laboratories of Faith: Mesmerism, Spiritism, and Occultism in Modern France (Ithaca, 2008); and Lisa Tiersten, Marianne in the Market: Envisioning Consumer Society in Fin-de-Siecle France (Berkeley, 2001).
The talk, reported Bushnell, turned "on spiritism and the modern necromancy.