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spir·i·tu·al·ism

 (spĭr′ĭ-cho͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1.
a. The belief that the dead communicate with the living, as through a medium.
b. The practices or doctrines of those holding such a belief.
2. A philosophy, doctrine, or religion emphasizing the spiritual aspect of being.

spir′i·tu·al·ist n.
spir′i·tu·al·is′tic adj.

spiritualism

(ˈspɪrɪtjʊəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) the belief that the disembodied spirits of the dead, surviving in another world, can communicate with the living in this world, esp through mediums
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) the doctrines and practices associated with this belief
3. (Philosophy) philosophy the belief that because reality is to some extent immaterial it is therefore spiritual
4. any doctrine (in philosophy, religion, etc) that prefers the spiritual to the material
5. the condition or quality of being spiritual
ˈspiritualist n
ˌspirituaˈlistic adj

spir•it•u•al•ism

(ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

n.
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.
[1825–35]
spir′it•u•al•ist, n.
spir`it•u•al•is′tic, adj.

spiritualism

1. the belief that the dead survive as spirits that can communi-cate with the living, especially through a medium, a person particularly susceptible to their influence.
2. the practices or phenomena associated with this belief. Also spiritism.spiritualist, n. — spiritualistic, adj. — supranatural, supranaturalistic, adj.
See also: Spirits and Spiritualism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiritualism - (theology) any doctrine that asserts the separate existence of God
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
2.spiritualism - the belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with people who are still alive (especially via a medium)
belief - any cognitive content held as true
ectoplasm - (spiritualism) a substance supposed to emanate from the body of the medium during a trance
3.spiritualism - 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
Translations

spiritualism

[ˈspɪrɪtjʊəlɪzəm] Nespiritismo m

spiritualism

[ˈspɪrɪtʃuəlɪzəm] nspiritisme m

spiritualism

nSpiritismus m

spiritualism

[ˈspɪrɪtjʊəˌlɪzm] n (occult) → spiritismo
References in periodicals archive ?
Streeter's advocacy of Singh was informed by the conviction that communication from the spirits continues today, a view not simply generated inside Christian mystical and prophetic traditions but also the hallmark of the modern spiritualist movement. As such, his promotion of Singh may be interpreted as a kind of response to competing spiritualist interpretations of spirit communication, especially Theosophy.
The modern spiritualist movement as practiced by many people in the UK and all over the world, and has been in existence for more than 150 years, but the historic roots of spiritualism and the gifts of mediums and spiritual healers can be traced throughout the course of human history.