spir·​i·​tu·​al·​ism | \ˈspir-i-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm, -i-chə-ˌli-, -ich-wə-ˌli-\

Definition of spiritualism 

1 : the view that spirit is a prime element of reality

2a : a belief that spirits of the dead communicate with the living usually through a medium

b capitalized : a movement comprising religious organizations emphasizing spiritualism

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Other Words from spiritualism

spiritualist \ˈspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​list, -​i-​chə-​list, -​ich-​wə-​list \ noun often capitalized
spiritualistic \ˌspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​stik, -​i-​chə-​ˈli-​, -​ich-​wə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

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Interested in philosophy and spiritualism, af Klint was part of de Fem (The Five), a group of women artists who conducted seances and experimented with automatic drawings long before Surrealists began their automatic writing projects. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Abstract Painter Hilma af Klint Inspires a Collaborative Capsule Collection for the Guggenheim Museum Store," 13 Oct. 2018 The institute has also sued cities, including Sedona — a tourist destination known for its red sandstone and spiritualism — and Jerome, over short-term rental regulations. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cites’ Airbnb rules," 14 Aug. 2018 The spiritualism articulated by Heilig took an especially dystopian form a few years later in science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It’s Been Bombed," 27 Apr. 2018 Patience Worth came along during the final blooming of spiritualism in the United States. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 According to a statement from Sherwin-Williams, the inspiration behind these colors are spiritualism and healing energy. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Are the Colors You'll Be Obsessed With Next Year, Based on Your Personality," 13 June 2018 An esoteric poet and believer of mystic spiritualism and religious syncretism, the eccentric Ms. Murillo always wears a multitude of turquoise rings. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’," 6 June 2018 There’s a kind of homegrown spiritualism on display in her own increasingly desperate escapades. Jean Thompson, New York Times, "Stories That Look Askance at the American Midwest," 27 Apr. 2018 But to his admirers — whose numbers grew steadily over time — Mr. Taylor was a visionary force who expanded the boundaries of musical expression to include elements of poetry, dance and spiritualism. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Cecil Taylor, pianist who was ‘the eternal outer curve of the avant-garde,’ dies at 89," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spiritualism

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spiritualism

: a belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with living people

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