spiritualize

verb
spir·​i·​tu·​al·​ize | \ ˈspir-i-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce spiritualize (audio) , -i-chə-ˌlīz, -ich-wə-ˌlīz\
spiritualized; spiritualizing

Definition of spiritualize

transitive verb

1 : to make spiritual especially : to purify from the corrupting influences of the world
2 : to give a spiritual meaning to or understand in a spiritual sense

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Other Words from spiritualize

spiritualization \ ˌspir-​i-​chə-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce spiritualization (audio) , -​i-​chə-​lə-​ , -​ich-​wə-​lə-​ \ noun

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Thought and speech — thought’s public projection — are both combined and spiritualized. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 The biblical Song of Solomon is a key scripture for the Zohar, and its lush gardens of desire are spiritualized into realms of sacred love, but without losing anything of their erotic passion. Arthur Green, The Atlantic, "Restoring Kabbalah to Mainstream Judaism," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of spiritualize

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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