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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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