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

Other Words from spiritualism

spiritualist \ ˈspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​list How to pronounce spiritualism (audio) , -​i-​chə-​list , -​ich-​wə-​list \ noun, often capitalized
spiritualistic \ ˌspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce spiritualism (audio) , -​i-​chə-​ˈli-​ , -​ich-​wə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective

Examples of spiritualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rosner, who now works as an astrologer, says he, too, was captivated by the group’s spiritualism, but quickly pulled away. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Preoccupied with spiritualism and the occult as well as with her painting, Ms. Keane said nothing publicly even after discovering what her husband was up to, remaining passively complicit in the fraud for a decade. New York Times, 28 June 2022 If, as Wallace Stegner declared, national parks are America’s best idea, spiritualism is probably our strangest. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 This builds on the importance of exercise and the increasing importance of meditation/spiritualism. Bernie Malinoff, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 This new-age spiritualism is often neoliberal - which advocates for a largely unregulated capitalist system - in its outlook. Daisy Schofield, refinery29.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Since the mid-1980s, Winfrey has reigned over a media empire that prized emotional, confessional revelations, and helped construct a culture of wellness and spiritualism, now a prominent feature of middle- and upper-class life in the United States. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 Houdini also made public appearances related to spiritualism—debunking séances and all other aspects of the movement. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 In 1922, Conan Doyle embarked on an American lecture tour, defending spiritualism from its attackers. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spiritualism

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spiritualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritualism. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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