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

Examples of spiritualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When spiritualism, a religious movement rooted in the idea that the souls of the dead can communicate with the living, took off in the mid-19th century, some magicians began bringing supernatural elements to the stage. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazing Poster Art From the “Golden Age” of Magic," 4 Mar. 2020 Pater may have been a creature of 19th century spiritualism and aestheticism, his sensibility as alien to the Renaissance as to our own era of metrics and algorithms. Washington Post, "Quiet, please. At the Louvre’s ‘Léonard de Vinci’ exhibition, you’re in the presence of genius.," 29 Oct. 2019 Inside, the shop’s offerings range from books on spiritualism to crystals and small statues. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Cassadaga: 24 hours in Florida’s ‘Psychic Capital of the World’," 25 Oct. 2019 The trauma of the Civil War inflamed white Americans’ interest in spiritualism. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "‘The Revisioners’ reminds us of slavery’s long reach, through the generations," 10 Dec. 2019 Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism. courant.com, "Parties, haunted tours, scary movies: Here’s a list of Halloween events in Connecticut," 1 Oct. 2019 Hunger for proof of a world beyond our own fuelled the rise of spiritualism in the mid-nineteenth century, and then the birth of mentalism as a form of popular entertainment. Adam Green, The New Yorker, "How Derren Brown Remade Mind Reading for Skeptics," 30 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of spiritualism

1796, 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 25 May. 2020.

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spiritualism

noun
How to pronounce spiritualism (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spiritualism

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

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