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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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 His playing on stage was now freer and more assertive, influenced in part by his growing spiritualism, the civil-rights struggle and rising Afrocentrism. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Box of Bootlegs Captures Two Jazz Titans’ Last Pairing," 3 Apr. 2018 However, even the most devoted Twain readers are usually unaware of his dabbling in the supernatural craze of spiritualism. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 13 Mar. 2018

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1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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