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[spir-i-tiz-uh m] /ˈspɪr ɪˌtɪz əm/
the doctrine or practices of spiritualism.
Origin of spiritism
First recorded in 1860-65; spirit + -ism
Related forms
spiritist, noun
spiritistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for spiritism
Historical Examples
  • spiritism was indeed a solemn subject to think about in that light.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • "Which was a long way from saying that spiritism was true," remarked Miller.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • He could express it in the semantics of spiritism, or he could admit to witchcraft and sorcery.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Some form of spiritism is the coming religion—in my judgment.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Furthermore, he has embraced 'spiritism,' as he calls it, with both arms.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • I don't mean McGeorge's story, but the whole sweep of spiritism.

  • I am a spiritist; and if spiritism is truth, then the Jarados was genuine, and his prophecy is true.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • spiritism, as Dr. Tylor says, is but a revival of old savage animism.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • Today from the beginning of the meeting he began to maneuver his spiritism.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
  • It is in that, and in that only, that spiritism or spiritualism consists.

British Dictionary definitions for spiritism


a less common word for spiritualism
Derived Forms
spiritist, noun
spiritistic, adjective
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