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[spir-i-choo-uh-lahyz] /ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), spiritualized, spiritualizing.
to make spiritual.
to invest with a spiritual meaning.
Also, especially British, spiritualise.
Origin of spiritualize
First recorded in 1625-35; spiritual + -ize
Related forms
spiritualization, noun
spiritualizer, noun
despiritualization, noun
despiritualize, verb (used with object), despiritualized, despiritualizing.
respiritualize, verb (used with object), respiritualized, respiritualizing.
unspiritualized, adjective
unspiritualizing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spiritualization
Historical Examples
  • Soul must be God; since we learn Soul only as we learn God, by spiritualization.

    Unity of Good Mary Baker Eddy
  • This is not technic, not method even; it is the spiritualization of playing.

    Piano Mastery

    Harriette Brower
  • Beauty is, then, a phenomenon belonging to the spiritualization of matter.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • Freud has called this spiritualization of natural forces by a term borrowed from chemistry.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Every appulse of life against matter means an added push in the direction of spiritualization.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • With this his magistral work a new chapter of music commences, the spiritualization of the new body of man is manifest.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
British Dictionary definitions for spiritualization


(transitive) to make spiritual or infuse with spiritual content
Derived Forms
spiritualization, spiritualisation, noun
spiritualizer, spiritualiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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