spiritualism

noun
spir·​i·​tu·​al·​ism | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce spiritualism (audio) , -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 How to pronounce spiritualist (audio) , -​i-​chə-​list , -​ich-​wə-​list \ noun, often capitalized
spiritualistic \ ˌspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce spiritualistic (audio) , -​i-​chə-​ˈli-​ , -​ich-​wə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

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The answer comes by way of a favorite—and racist—crutch for horror-films: Native American spiritualism. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "IT: Chapter Two and the Great American Tradition of Selling Native Spirituality," 16 Sep. 2019 Though best remembered for animal stories, Kipling also flirted extensively in his fiction (and sometimes personal practice) with spiritualism and the paranormal. Maya Jasanoff, The New Republic, "Rudyard Kipling, American Imperialist," 22 Aug. 2019 Even if new-age spiritualism isn’t your thing, keep an open mind. Julissa James, latimes.com, "Four Hours: Art, culture and peace abound on this tour of West Adams," 12 July 2019 Bloom began to explore theosophy, Vedanta (one of the main branches of Hindu philosophy) and other forms of spiritualism. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Artist Hyman Bloom’s body of work is revered. And the bodies are cadavers.," 31 July 2019 But Williamson introduced herself to a large audience who will likely be curious to hear more of her brand of self-help, psychology and spiritualism. NBC News, "Who won the second Democratic debate?," 28 June 2019 But these works are neither more nor less committed to trinitarian Christianity than Blake’s are to his eccentric spiritualism or Shelley’s to his atheism. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 The 2019 collections, perhaps not coincidentally, were infused with spiritualism, in varieties other than Roman Catholic. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of spiritualism

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spiritualism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spiritualism

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

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