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spiritualist

[spir-i-choo-uh-list] /ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu ə lɪst/
noun
1.
an adherent of spiritualism.
2.
a person who is concerned with or insists on the spiritual side of things.
Origin of spiritualist
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; spiritual + -ist
Related forms
antispiritualist, noun, adjective
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  • He was down on her 'cause she was a spiritualist and believed in fortune tellers and such.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Later he was to become a spiritualist and preside at table-tipping seances.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “You are the first spiritualist I ever talked to, Mrs. Walters,” he said amiably.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • You may call me a spiritualist, if you like, for I have no reverence for or aversion to names.

  • spiritualist as he was, Descartes was not disposed to be the martyr of thought.

  • I have been sneered at as a "spiritualist," a "spook hunter," an "agnostic."

  • Ladies and gentlemen, I am not, strictly speaking, a spiritualist.

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • It may not help the spiritualist in the least degree positively.

  • Taking as my thesis, then, the question, Am I a spiritualist?

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
Word Origin and History for spiritualist
n.

1852, "one who believes in the ability of the living to communicate with the dead via a medium," from spiritual + -ist (also see spirit).

Every two or three years the Americans have a paroxysm of humbug -- ... at the present time it is Spiritual-ism. [J.Dix, "Transatlantic Tracings," 1853]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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