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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
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"A tendency to spiritualism and those things, though nothing serious.
"The next, `The theory of the book is bad, full of morbid fancies, spiritualistic ideas, and unnatural characters.' Now, as I had no theory of any kind, don't believe in Spiritualism, and copied my characters from life, I don't see how this critic can be right.
The conversation fell upon table-turning and spirits, and Countess Nordston, who believed in spiritualism, began to describe the marvels she had seen.
Besides, he had that mental combination which is at once humble in the region of mystery and keen in the region of knowledge: it was the depth of his reverence quite as much as his hard common sense which gave him his disinclination to doctrinal religion, and he often checked Seth's argumentative spiritualism by saying, "Eh, it's a big mystery; thee know'st but little about it." And so it happened that Adam was at once penetrating and credulous.
"The Irish believe far too much in spirits to believe in spiritualism," he murmured.
But my father was not a man much troubled with spiritualism; religious sentiment he had none, beyond a veneration for God, as decidedly the head of the upper classes.
I wish there was something in that miserable spiritualism, so we could send them word.
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FOUNDATION stone of the first of its kind Al-Qadir University of Spiritualism and Super Sciences was laid by the Premier IK in Sohawa the other day.
EBB conceptualizes her revised model of "divine breath," I argue, by turning to mesmerism and spiritualism, practices that she felt both promised communion with a supernatural realm and offered two very different models of jointly "inspired" utterance.
Emily Howard Stowe, one of the first women to practise medicine in Canada, and her daughter Augusta Stowe Gullen were drawn to spiritualism and medium-ship.
Spiritualism is a system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, especially through mediums.