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

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web None of this is intended to take away from the ambivalent and sometimes plainly harmful effects of attempts to spiritualize the pandemic. Benjamin Kirby, Quartz Africa, 1 May 2020 Thought and speech — thought’s public projection — are both combined and spiritualized. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 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, 25 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiritualize was in 1631

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Cite this Entry

“Spiritualize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritualize. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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