spiritualism

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

Definition of spiritualism

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

  2. 2a :  a belief that spirits of the dead communicate with the living usually through a mediumb capitalized :  a movement comprising religious organizations emphasizing spiritualism

spiritualist

play \ˈspir-i-chə-wə-list, -i-chə-list, -ich-wə-list\ noun, often capitalized

spiritualistic

play \ˌspir-i-chə-wə-ˈli-stik, -i-chə-ˈli-, -ich-wə-ˈli-\ adjective

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First Known Use of spiritualism

1796


SPIRITUALISM Defined for English Language Learners

spiritualism

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Definition of spiritualism for English Language Learners

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



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